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Gregg begins serving three-game suspension

Gregg begins serving three-game suspension

Gregg begins serving three-game suspension
BALTIMORE -- Asked if he thought there would be any carryover between the Orioles and Red Sox, given that their last series resulted in eight ejections and an on-field brawl, Baltimore's closer Kevin Gregg was succinct.

"Yeah [it's over]," Gregg said of any lingering bad blood, "I'm not going to charge a batter or nothing."

He won't get even close, as Major League Baseball announced Monday that Gregg and Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz have both dropped their appeals and agreed to serve a lesser suspension -- and pay a reduced fine -- that will keep them both sidelined for the entire three-game series in Baltimore.

"I still don't think it's fair that we have the same fine, same suspension," Gregg said of Ortiz, who charged at him on the mound in the eighth inning of the July 8 game. "But we're going to move past that point and get on with the season."

Ortiz said he had to take his punishment "like a man" and expressed some remorse over his actions.

"Doing what I did wasn't the right thing to do, so you're going to be punished," he added. "[I] just want to get [this] over with and continue the season."

"It's water under the bridge already," said Orioles reliever Michael Gonzalez, who is still appealing a three-game suspension stemming from throwing behind Ortiz. "What's done is done. It's over. We're starting a clean slate [Monday], and we'll go from there."

Still, the remnants of the that series remain, most notably the absence of Vladimir Guerrero, who was forced to the disabled list with a cracked bone in his hand suffered on July 10, when he became the fourth Oriole hit in two games, this time by Red Sox rookie Kyle Weiland.

"You look at the whole breakdown of it, we lost our DH for two weeks and they lost theirs for three days," Gregg said. "So, no it's not fair."

Manager Buck Showalter, who was suspended for a game and fined while Red Sox manager Terry Francona received no discipline, agreed with Gregg, although he admitted he was "a little biased" in assessing the punishments.

"I'm sure there's a lot of thought process that goes into it that I'm not aware of," Showalter said. "So, it is what it is, and we'll deal with it."

Neither team is allowed to fill its roster spot, and Ortiz and Gregg cannot be in the dugout or around the team during the games. Gregg, who last threw on Saturday, will throw a simulated game Tuesday afternoon to stay fresh. Given that the team has an off day on Thursday, the earliest he could appears in a game would be Friday's series opener against the Angels.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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