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MLB: Dodgers' Mattingly suspended two games

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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly began serving a two-game suspension Saturday, punishment for his role in an argument with plate umpire Angel Campos on Thursday.

According to MLB.com, Mattingly was told in a letter from Joe Garagiola, Major League Baseball's senior vice president of standards and on-field operations, that he was being suspended for failing to control Dodgers star Matt Kemp, who had charged onto the field from the dugout to argue after he had been ejected. Mattingly, who also was ejected, was fined an undisclosed sum as well.

The suspension started Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. Bench coach Trey Hillman was acting manager.

No punishment for Kemp was announced.

---Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has agreed to a seven-year, $60 million contract extension, ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com reported Saturday.

The contract covers Castro's four years of arbitration eligibility and three years of free agency. It also includes a $16 million option for 2020. He was projected to qualify for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" player next year.

Castro's agent, Paul Kinzer, said contract negotiations were still going on.

Castro, 22, entered Saturday hitting .278 with 12 home runs, 58 RBI, 19 steals and 58 runs scored this season.

---Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano reached the 1,000-RBI mark with a two-run homer against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Soriano hit the home run in his first at-bat against Johnny Cueto in the first game of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field. He became only the sixth player in major league history to reach 1,000 RBI, 400 doubles, 350 home runs and 250 stolen bases.

---The Chicago Cubs recalled left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley from Class AAA Iowa, the team announced Saturday.

Raley will start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at the Cincinnati Reds.

Raley, 24, went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 10 innings pitched in a prior stint with the Cubs.

He combined to go 6-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 22 starts between Class AA Tennessee and Iowa this year.

---San Diego Padres right-hander Tim Stauffer, on the disabled list for a strained right elbow, could miss the remainder of the season.

Stauffer, who was on the DL a second time because of the elbow, felt soreness in his right shoulder after an Aug. 11 rehab start for Class AAA Tucson.

Padres manager Bud Black told the North County Times that the new injury could cause Stauffer to be out the rest of the year.

"We're going to exhaust all the medical opinions and make sure we get all the tests and have the doctors look at him and do everything we can for Tim to make sure the road we take is the right one," Black said. "This is definitely a rough one based on the time of the year, and the couple of times he's tried to come back just hasn't worked out."

Stauffer made just one start this year. He started 31 games in 2011.

---The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Felix Doubront on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right knee and recalled first baseman Mauro Gomez from Class AAA Pawtucket, the club announced Saturday.

The move to place Doubront on the DL is backdated to Aug. 10. The 24-year-old has gone 10-6 with a 4.70 ERA with 119 strikeouts and 52 walks in 22 starts for Boston this year.

Gomez is 9 for 30 with three doubles, three RBI, two runs scored and a walk in nine games over three previous stints with Boston this year. He is hitting .310 with 34 doubles, 24 homers and 74 RBI at Pawtucket.

---The Colorado Rockies placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the bereavement list because of a death in his family, the club announced Saturday.

The Rockies recalled outfielder Charlie Blackmon from Class AAA Colorado Springs to take Gonzalez's roster spot.

Gonzalez is hitting .320 with 25 doubles, 20 home runs, 79 RBI and 78 runs scored.

Blackmon has hit .289 with 23 doubles, six home runs, 37 RBI and 63 runs scored in 76 games, mostly at Colorado Springs.

---The Baltimore Orioles recalled left-hander Zach Britton from Class AAA Norfolk and optioned infielder Joe Mahoney to the Tides, the club announced Saturday.

Britton will start Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

Britton is 1-1 with an 8.10 ERA in five starts for Baltimore this year.

Mahoney went 0-for-4 in two games for the Orioles.
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