Cubs reliever LaTroy Hawkins began serving a three-game suspension yesterday after his appeal was rejected. His fine was reduced from $3,000 to $2,000.

After giving up a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to the Cardinals' Albert Pujols on July 20 at Wrigley Field, Hawkins was ejected after he started yelling at plate umpire Tim Tschida as he walked to the dugout. The reliever had to be restrained by Manager Dusty Baker and several Cubs coaches from going at Tschida.

Meantime, Astros Manager Phil Garner was suspended for last night's game at Montreal because of a run-in last week with umpire Brian Knight.

* A. RODRIGUEZ OUT: Alex Rodriguez was out of the Yankees' lineup for last night's game against the Mariners because of the flu. Manager Joe Torre said he hopes to have the all-star third baseman back for today's game.

* REYES SIDELINED: The Mets placed IF Jose Reyes on the disabled list after an MRI exam revealed a stress fracture of his left fibula. "The typical recovery time is four to six weeks," Mets GM Jim Duquette said.

* AUTOGRAPHS: President Bush and Mariners DH Edgar Martinez, who has announced that he will retire after this season, exchanged signed baseballs before last night's game. "We talked about all the years I beat on the Rangers," Martinez said. Bush is a former managing partner of the Rangers.

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