MLB notes: Indians pitcher Chris Perez faces year probation for marijuana charge

Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez, pictured here in an August 19, 2013, photo, pleaded no...

Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez, pictured here in an August 19, 2013, photo, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drug abuse charge Tuesday. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP)

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez was given one year of probation after pleading no contest and being found guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor drug abuse charge.

Along with probation, Perez has to pay a $250 fine, complete Major League Baseball's drug-treatment program, and speak to local high students about staying away from drugs, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“You're highly regarded, kids look up to you,” Judge Brian Hagan told Perez. “But you made a big mistake. I hope that through your efforts you can deter someone else from making that same mistake.”

Two packages with six ounces of marijuana was in transit from Los Angeles to Perez’s Ohio home in June when a postal worker sniffed out its contents.

Police were notified and, upon their arrival at the home, seized the pot, a bong, two pipes, and numerous items of paraphernalia.

The 28-year-old’s wife, Melanie Perez, entered a plea Tuesday to minor drug possession.

The parcel was issued to "Brody Baum," a combination of the family dog’s name and Melanie Perez's maiden name.

Perez, a two-time all-star, is 5-2 with 21 saves for the Indians this season.

SELIG SPEAKS OUT

MLB commissioner Bud Selig is not second-guessing the 211-game ban he handed Alex Rodriguez last month.

Selig told Sports Illustrated "I did what I thought was in the best interest of the sport."

"And for somebody to think that's overreaching," Selig added, "they don't know what the facts are, they don't know what the evidence is, so how would they know? How would they know?"

Along with the A-Rod suspension, Selig talked retirement, confirming once again he has no desire to seek a contract extension. His current deal expires at the end of the 2014 season.

Selig, 79, also defended his flip-flop on the implementation of in-game video review.

MLB recently approved a proposal that could see managers challenge controversial plays via video review as soon as next year. For years, Selig staunchly opposed the idea.

"There are times in life sometimes when you have to reconsider something," Selig said. "And that's what I've done."

KNORR WANTS DAVEY'S JOB

With Davey Johnson's retirement on the horizon, Washington Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr is hoping he can slip into the managing role.

"It would be an honour to be considered for that job," Knorr told MLB.com when asked about potentially filling Johnson's position. "I try not to think too far ahead. I like to take things day-by-day."

Johnson is set to retire as manager at season's end, leaving Washington with a decision to make on his replacement. Knorr, 44, has been Johnson's right-hand man since the start of last year.

Recently, Knorr showed a glimpse of his management style by calling out Nationals star Bryce Harper for an alleged lack of hustle.

"I think it's very important to speak your mind," Knorr said. "Your players will never be in the dark in what you believe in."

As manager in 2008, Knorr led the Nationals' class-A affiliate to a Carolina League championship.

POST-SEASON SCHEDULE OUT

Major League Baseball released its 2013 playoff schedule Tuesday.

The National League wild card game will kick things off Oct. 1, followed by the American League's wild card game the next day. If necessary, any tiebreaker games will take place Sept. 30.

Divisional series in the NL begin Oct. 3, a day before the AL series get going.

Eventually, when there are two teams left, the World Series will be upon us. Game 1 is slated for Oct. 23.

BRIEFLY

Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was scratched from a rehab assignment in triple-A Monday after his injured finger was aggravated, according to the Denver Post. Gonzalez has been on the disabled list since Aug. 5 with a right-hand finger injury ... Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp has a right shin contusion, according to MLB.com. Crisp was injured Monday, fouling a ball off his leg in the sixth inning ... The San Diego Padres and outfielder Will Venable agreed on a two-year, $8.5 million contract extension Tuesday. Venable, 30, was hitting .273 with 20 home runs in 129 games heading into Tuesday's game against San Francisco ... Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, sidelined three games with an abdominal injury, returned to the lineup Tuesday in a game versus the Boston Red Sox ... Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson will miss his next start due to an oblique injury. Masterson hurt himself Monday while pitching against the Baltimore Orioles.


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