Rangers LHP Kenny Rogers had another run-in with a cameraman yesterday when he turned himself in on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an earlier tirade against two cameramen.

The three-time all-star, who is appealing a 20-game suspension and $50,000 fine, was released after posting $1,500 bond.

Rogers jawed at a cameraman for Dallas-Fort Worth television station WFAA as he was booked into the county jail. Just as with the incident that led to the charges, the exchange was caught on tape.

WFAA reported on its Web site yesterday that photographer Mike Zukerman was videotaping the procedure when Rogers turned to him and said: "You're getting really close; you know that? Do you hear me?"

A few seconds later, Rogers again turned to the camera, saying, "You must be pretty proud of yourself, too."

After Zukerman replied, "It's just my job, Kenny," Rogers responded: "Yeah. Your job. That's just your excuse."

The Rangers declined to comment, referring questions to Rogers's attorney, who didn't return a telephone call.

* ANGRY GARDENHIRE: Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire unleashed a profanity-filled tirade aimed at Hunter Wendelstedt after the plate umpire ejected him in the eighth inning.

Gardenhire said he told Wendelstedt that a called third strike on Joe Mauer was high. Wendelstedt ejected Gardenhire, who was in the dugout, which prompted the manager to confront the umpire at the plate.

"I didn't raise my hands on him, I just told him the ball was high," Gardenhire fumed. "When he threw me out of the game he told me I was looking for show time."

When asked about the "show time" comment, Wendelstedt said, "I'm going to have to say no comment on that one."

* BACK FROM SUSPENSION: Indians reliever Rafael Betancourt was reinstated to the active roster after serving his 10-day suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.

Betancourt was suspended July 8 after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. He was already on the disabled list with a shoulder injury when his suspension was announced.

* AWAITING WORD: The Royals had not heard about possible suspensions following Sunday's bench-clearing brawl in Detroit.

"I haven't heard anything," Manager Buddy Bell said. "I don't know if I want to hear anything." Bell was ejected along with six players -- three from each team -- after Royals starter Runelvys Hernandez hit Detroit's Carlos Guillen in the head with a pitch in the sixth inning.

-- From News Services


Mug shot from his booking

Pitcher Rafael Betancourt was back on the Indians' bench following his July 8 suspension.