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Red Sox Hitting Coach Jackson Is Suspended

Friday, April 22, 2005; Page D08

Boston Red Sox hitting coach Ron Jackson was suspended by the commissioner's office for last night's game against the Baltimore Orioles for arguing during a game against the New York Yankees last week.

Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for discipline, cited Jackson for "excessive arguing" during the April 14 game at Fenway Park. Plate umpire Greg Gibson ejected Jackson in the fourth inning after a 3-2 pitch to Gary Sheffield was called a ball.

Boston's Ron Jackson is held back by Manager Terry Francona during an argument with plate umpire Greg Gibson last week. (Charles Krupa -- AP)

Red Sox Manager Terry Francona came out of the dugout following the call. Jackson followed and was restrained by several Boston coaches.

Jackson also was fined by Watson.

Francona was ejected in the bottom of the inning after a low pitch by Randy Johnson to Bill Mueller was called a strike.

ALL-STAR TICKETS: Tickets to the All-Star Game on July 12 at Detroit's Comerica Park will be sold via an online lottery and will be available only in combination with tickets to other All-Star Week events.

Fans can sign up for a chance to purchase tickets on baseball's Web site or any team's Web site starting May 11, the commissioner's office and the Tigers said.

Tim Brosnan, executive vice president for business in the commissioner's office, said available tickets will depend on how many Tigers season ticket holders choose to take their seats.

All-star voting began Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said the game, which comes about seven months before Detroit hosts the Super Bowl, will be a great opportunity to showcase the city's development.

"This is a chance for Detroit to highlight what goes on in the city in the summertime," he said. "When people think about Detroit, they think about winter -- they think it's winter all year long."

Detroit hosted the 1971 All-Star Game at Tiger Stadium. The game also was played in Detroit in 1941 and 1951. The 2006 game will be in Pittsburgh and the 2007 game in San Francisco.

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