Nationals beat Bruney in salary arbitration

Updated: February 17, 2010, 11:58 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Brian Bruney received a disappointing birthday present, losing to the Washington Nationals in salary arbitration.

The reliever was awarded $1.5 million Wednesday instead of his request for $1.85 million. Arbitrators Steven Wolf, Sylvia Skratek and Dan Brent made the decision a day after hearing arguments.

Bruney, who turned 28 Wednesday, was 5-0 with a 3.92 ERA in 44 regular-season appearances for the New York Yankees last season. He made $1.25 million.

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