Kenny Rogers's appeal of his 20-game suspension for shoving two TV cameramen last month is scheduled to be heard tomorrow, a day after the Rangers' lefty makes his next start.
Rangers officials confirmed yesterday that Rogers will have a hearing before Commissioner Bud Selig in Milwaukee.
Selig imposed the 20-game suspension and a $50,000 fine for the June 29 videotaped tirade in which the three-time all-star shoved two cameramen when he came onto the field for pregame stretching.
Rogers (11-4, 2.54 ERA) has continued to pitch pending the appeal, and even threw an inning in the All-Star Game last week. The 40-year-old Rogers is scheduled to start today at home against Oakland, which will be his fourth start since the incident.
Rogers turned himself in Monday to Arlington police on misdemeanor assault charges and posted a $1,500 bond.
He faces a charge of assault with injury for shoving cameraman Larry Rodriguez, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. Police said the other charge, for pushing a cameraman who wasn't injured, will be a mailed assault citation punishable by a fine of up to $500.
* A NEW YORK MINUTE: Giving up a big home run earned Wayne Franklin a trip back to Columbus. In a move that surprised Yankees Manager Joe Torre, New York optioned the left-hander to its Class AAA farm team and purchased the contract of LHP Alex Graman.
Torre was informed of the move in a telephone call from GM Brian Cashman, who wasn't with the team in Texas.
"He says we're going to make the switch, and that's what we did," Torre said. "When [Cashman] called and said that this is what we're doing, that's what we're doing. . . . I work for people like everybody else."
Franklin was 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA in five games since joining the Yankees on July 1. He gave up three hits, including Hank Blalock's two-run homer, against Texas on Tuesday night.
"It's not like I don't belong here. It's disappointing," Franklin said.
Torre said he didn't know if the move was based on how Graman pitched in Columbus, or on what Franklin did with the Yankees.
"We used him in key situations," Torre said. "But you make a bad pitch and it negates all the positives that came on with the first three hitters. But that's the nature of the game."
* UPTOWN GIRL IN BEANTOWN: Supermodel Christie Brinkley visited the Red Sox clubhouse after yesterday's game.
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