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Sheffield Threatens To Expose "MLB Conspiracy"

Detroit Tigers Designated Hitter Gary Sheffield has been suspended by MLB for three games for his "aggressive actions" towards home plate umpire Greg Gibson during the Thursday game between the Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. Sheffield appealed the suspension which came down on Friday. He will be allowed to play until he meets later this season in New York with MLB Vice President Bob Watson, who is in charge of player discipline. Sheffield said on Friday that if he is not exonerated, he will reveal a "conspiracy" within the ranks of MLB.

Sheffield was ejected during the fifth inning of the Tiger's loss to the Indians by a score of 11-5. Sheffield argued a called strike with Gibson, and subsequently grounded out, breaking his bat and throwing the handle in the direction of Gibson. The action caused Gibson to eject Sheffield from the contest, and with Watson's ruling it appears that MLB believes Sheffield was throwing the handle at Gibson.
The loss was Detroit's fifth in the last six games. Last year's American League Champs now find themselves 3.5 games behind Cleveland in the American League Central Divison.
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