BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJORS : George Bell Suspended for Two Games
George Bell of the Chicago White Sox was suspended for two games by American League President Bobby Brown for charging Boston pitcher Aaron Sele in a Sept. 6 game. Bell’s suspension was to begin Friday, but he has filed an appeal and awaits a hearing at an unspecified date. . . . Mariano Duncan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Frank Castillo of the Chicago Cubs were suspended for three games by National League President Bill White. Duncan was suspended for charging Castillo on the mound and fighting on Sept. 9 at Philadelphia. Castillo was punished for throwing at the batter. Both players have appealed. . . . The San Francisco Giants won a coin toss and would host the Atlanta Braves in a one-game playoff should the National League West end in a tie. The playoff would be Monday night, Oct. 4. . . . Atlanta pitcher Greg Maddux, hit on the right elbow by a line drive last week in San Diego, will miss his scheduled start today against the Cincinnati Reds. He will instead start Saturday against the New York Mets. . . . Anthony Young’s season has come to an end. The New York Mets’ right-hander, who is 1-16, has torn a ligament in his left thumb and will undergo surgery Thursday. . . . The Pittsburgh Pirates reportedly have agreed to be a part of the new NL Central Division, allowing the Atlanta Braves to move to the NL East.