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AL's Brown upholds fine, suspension for Clemens


Roger Clemens' five-game suspension and $10,000 fine were upheld yesterday by American League president Bobby Brown, who ruled the pitcher's actions in last year's playoffs warranted discipline.

In a three-page decision, Brown said, "There is not a special set of rules or regulations for superstars or award winners."

Clemens was ejected from Game 4 last October by umpire Terry Cooney, and charged Cooney and umpire Jim Evans after the ejection.

Randy Hendricks, Clemens' agent, said Brown's decision would be appealed to commissioner Fay Vincent. The penalties, which Brown originally imposed on Nov. 20, will be stayed until Vincent renders a decision, AL spokeswoman Phyllis Mehrige said.

Since a hearing before Vincent is unlikely to be scheduled this week, Clemens is still likely to start on Opening Day at Toronto on Monday.

* OPENING DAY: President Bush will visit Arlington StadiuMonday for the Texas Rangers' season opener against the Milwaukee Brewers, the White House has confirmed.

George W. Bush, the president's son, is a managing general partner of the Rangers, and the president hasn't been to a game in Texas since he took over.

* ROSE SENTENCING: Pete Rose, serving a community service sentence for his federal tax conviction, can be released Friday from a Cincinnati halfway house.

Rose may leave the Talbert House facility any time Friday, associate executive director Tom Berghausen said. Rose's business manager, Cal Levy, said Rose is scheduled to make a paid personal appearance Friday at Birmingham, Ala.

Rose, 49, still must remain in the Cincinnati area to complete his court-ordered, 1,000-hour community service sentence. U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel fined Rose $50,000 last July, gave him five months in federal prison and ordered him to serve the community service sentence by working as a gym teacher's assistant at five Cincinnati inner-city elementary schools.

* WAIVERS: Fernando Valenzuela has cleared waivers and become a free agent.

Valenzuela filed for free agency last fall, but the Los Angeles Dodgers offered him arbitration and he accepted. The parties later agreed on a one-year contract for $2.55 million.

The contract would have become guaranteed yesterday had Valenzuela still been a member of the Dodgers, but because they waived him, they were required to pay just 45 days of severance pay -- $630,494.50.

* RANGERS: Outfielder Pete Incaviglia says he plans to file a grievance against Texas for placing him on waivers Friday.

Incaviglia says his release was triggered by a personality conflict with manager Bobby Valentine and the team's desire to unload his $1.6 million salary.

* CARDINALS: Left fielder Gerald Perry experienced dizziness and heart palpitations during batting practice and was taken to a hospital.

He returned to the stadium at Fort Myers, Fla., after examination by Minnesota Twins team doctors.

* REDS: Cincinnati shortstop Bary Larkin fell while running out a grounder and removed himself from the game against Boston in Plant City, Fla., because of back spasms.

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