Red Sox slugger David Ortiz dropped his appeal and began serving a five-game suspension yesterday.

Ortiz was suspended by the commissioner's office for throwing bats onto the field after he was ejected from a game July 16 at Anaheim. He initially appealed his five-game suspension but dropped the appeal before yesterday's game against the Twins.

Ortiz will be eligible to return for Saturday's game at Detroit. He entered yesterday tied for the American League lead with 27 home runs and was second in the league with 93 RBI.

* ACTIVATED: The Cubs activated RHP Ryan Dempster from the disabled list and sent RHP Todd Wellemeyer to Class AAA Iowa.

Dempster hasn't pitched since undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery last August. He was 3-7 with a 6.54 ERA for the Reds last season before surgery. He was 14-12 with the Marlins when he made the all-star team in 2000 and 15-12 with Florida in 2001. . . .

The Devil Rays called up SS B.J. Upton from Class AAA Durham. Upton hit .311 with 12 homers and 36 RBI in 69 games with the Bulls.

* INJURED: Expos RHP Zach Day will be sidelined four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his right middle finger while attempting a bunt in yesterday's game against the Marlins, which eventually was rained out.

-- From News Services