Morgan suspended 8 games; C. Wells hits 1st big league HR


Morgan suspended 8 games; C. Wells hits 1st big league HR

Nyjer Morgan's wild week has landed him an eight-game suspension, one of nine punishments handed out Friday by Major League Baseball after a brawl between the Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins. MLB suspended Nationals outfielder Morgan and fined him for three separate incidents over the past week. Friday's penalty is in addition to a seven-game suspension he received Aug.25 that is under appeal. Six players, both managers and a coach were cited after a review of Wednesday night's game. For Washington, pitcher Doug Slaten and third base coach Pat Listach were suspended for three games, and manager Jim Riggleman for two games.

More Nationals: Rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg had reconstructive elbow surgery that could keep him out of the starting rotation until the 2012 season. Lewis Yocum performed the procedure in Inglewood, Calif., in which a piece of ligament was taken from the 22-year-old right-hander's left leg and transplanted into his pitching elbow. The Nationals said that Strasburg, the first overall pick in the 2009 draft, will be released from the hospital today and begin rehabilitation Monday at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., near his home in San Diego.

Tigers: Rookie outfielder Casper Wells, a former All-American for Towson, hit the first home run of his major league career Thursday night to help Detroit beat the Minnesota Twins, 10-9, in 13 innings. Wells tied the game at 8 in the ninth inning with a leadoff homer to right off Jesse Litsch and entered Friday night batting .409 since being recalled Aug. 23 from Triple-A Toledo.

Et cetera

Curry-led Ga. St. wins 1st; Eagles' Abiamiri on PUP list

Georgia State, coached by former Baltimore Colts center Bill Curry, won its first football game in school history with a 41-7 rout of Shorter (0-2), an NAIA school from northwest Georgia, 37-7. Curry, 67, who previously coached Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky, was making his return to the sideline after a 14-year absence. The game drew 30,237 to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Towson football: Coach Rob Ambrose was impressed by the playmaking abilities — but not ball security — of junior quarterback Chris Hart in the Tigers' 51-17 loss at Indiana on Thursday night. Hart, a transfer from Georgia Military College, ran for 123 yards on 13 carries while passing for 165 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. "We were pleased with the way he played — minus the turnovers," Ambrose said. "If he can do a better job managing the game, he is going to be a successful quarterback for us."

Morgan State football: The school will offer live video streaming of all five home games and three road games this fall at Games are available for $10 each, or $60 for all eight games.

NFL: The Philadelphia Eagles placed veteran defensive end Victor Abiamiri (Gilman) on the reserve-physically unable to prepare list. Abiamiri, who underwent offseason knee surgery, is not eligible to play until the seventh game.

Pro soccer: The Carolina RailHawks (10-8-7) scored three second-half goals and picked up their first USSF D-2 Pro League win against Crystal Palace Baltimore (6-14-6) this season, 3-0. Palace Baltimore is scoreless in four straight games.

—From Sun staff and news services

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