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MLB Suspends 4 After Brawl

New York — Major League Baseball suspended four players involved in last Sunday’s brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado was suspended five games while outfielder Carlos Gomez was suspended three games. Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider received a two-game penalty, with catcher Russell Martin also missing one game.

Snider and Martin plan to appeal the suspension and were penciled into the lineup for Tuesday night’s game against Cincinnati. Martin said he was surprised at being disciplined.

Martin has a scheduled off day on Thursday in favor of backup Chris Stewart. It’s possible he could sit out then to serve the suspension.

Rays Pitcher Has Surgery

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery and could be sidelined 12 to 15 months.

The Rays announced Tuesday that the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews on the 24-year-old Moore, who made the AL All-Star team last year.

Mets Ace Off Twitter

New York — The picture Matt Harvey tweeted of himself making an obscene gesture on his way into surgery caused such a stir that the injured New York Mets ace shut down his Twitter account.

Harvey confirmed he posted a photo Tuesday morning that showed him raising the middle finger on his left hand as he was about to undergo Tommy John surgery exactly six months ago.

Harvey said his mother took the photo and he posted it because he was excited about the milestone and wanted to have a little fun.

Harvey said he won’t apologize for simply showing his playful personality.

The picture generated plenty of attention online, and the Mets said they asked Harvey to take it down because they deemed it inappropriate. Harvey decided to delete his Twitter account entirely.