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MLB roundup: Rays pitcher Peralta suspended 8 games

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Tampa Bay Rays' reliever Joel Peralta received an eight-game suspension Thursday after being caught with pine tar inside his glove. The right-hander plans to appeal and will remain active until his case is heard.

Peralta was ejected in the eighth inning of Tuesday's win against the Washington Nationals after home plate umpire and crew chief Tim Tschida said he found "a significant amount of pine tar" inside the pitcher's glove.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson called for the search, as he approached Tschida after Peralta completed his warm-up tosses. The move upset Rays manager Joe Maddon, who felt Johnson displayed poor sportsmanship.

---Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is expected to miss the next two months, according to a Denver Post report.

The team's star is scheduled to have surgery Thursday on his left groin area, likely will miss eight weeks, Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd told the paper.

O'Dowd's comments followed an MRI which revealed scar tissue irritating a nerve in Tulowitzki's groin.

Tulowitzki was hurt May 30 against Houston, when he pulled up after running out an infield grounder. He later took himself out of a Triple-A rehab game on June 13. He was batting .287 with eight homers.

---Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy, who is tied for the Major League lead in ERA, had successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out of action for about a year.

Dr. James Andrews, who performed the operation, had decided on Wednesday that Beachy would not be able to avoid surgery on the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Beachy, 25, went 5-5 in 13 starts this season, and his 2.00 ERA is tied with Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for the best in the Majors among qualifying starting pitchers. Beachy ranks first in opponents' batting average (.171).

---Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage hopes fellow pitcher Roger Clemens doesn't join him in Cooperstown.

The ex-New York Yankees closer told ESPN New York 98.7 on Thursday that he believes Clemens lied about his steroid use, and labeled the seven-time Cy Young Award winner a cheater.

"Are we going to reward these guys for cheating?" Gossage told Michael Kay and Don La Greca. "Even though he was found innocent, it was because of the bad testimony. No one believed (Brian) McNamee, and (Andy) Pettitte kind of changed his thing, 'Did I really hear what he told me.'"

---The woman who claimed she was robbed while waiting in Aroldis Chapman's hotel room in Pittsburgh last month has been charged with filing a false police report, according to a USA Today report.

Claudia Manrique, 26, of Silver Spring, Md., originally told Pittsburgh police she was alone when a man posing as a maintenance worker attacked her on May 29 while she waited for Chapman, who was in town for a game against the Pirates.

She claimed she was tied up by an unknown assailant who made off with about $6,000 in jewelry and other items. According to the paper, Manrique changed her story multiple times during the 12-hour interview, failed a polygraph and began sobbing during the interrogation.

---Derek Norris, regarded as one of the top catching prospects in baseball, was recalled Thursday by the Oakland A's.

A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Norris will split time with Kurt Suzuki, who is batting .215 with no homers and 16 RBI in 60 games. Norris was hitting .273 with eight homers in 55 games for Triple-A Sacramento.

The A's also reinstated left-handed pitcher Jordan Norberto from the 15-day disabled list.

---The Milwaukee Brewers recalled reliever Mike McClendon from Triple-A Nashville. The righty has allowed 13 hits, four walks and six earned runs in eight innings this season for the Brewers, and will resume his role as a mop-up man.

---The Tampa Bay Rays claimed infielder Brooks Conrad off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. The switch-hitter was designated for assignment earlier this month after batting .075 in 44 plate appearances.

----The Kansas City Royals traded minor league right-handed pitcher Sean O'Sullivan to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.
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