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Piniella suspended four games by Major League Baseball

6/5/2007 - Chicago Cubs

MILWAUKEE -- Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella's suspension
was set at four games Monday by Major League Baseball for his
weekend dirt-kicking tantrum against an umpire.

"I will serve it and I will learn from this experience,"
Piniella said before Monday night's game at Milwaukee. "These
things won't happen again."

The commissioner's office originally planned to suspend Piniella
for five games. The penalty was reduced by one game after Piniella
spoke with John McHale Jr., MLB's executive vice president for
administration.

Under the direction of bench coach Alan Trammell the Cubs won their second game in a row without Piniella, beating the Brewers 7-2 on Monday night. Piniella watched the game with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry from a suite at Miller Park.

Piniella said he was suspended for making contact with umpire
Mark Wegner -- which the Cubs first-year manager denied -- and for
"exciting the crowd, which is not hard to do in Chicago."

Piniella started serving the penalty Sunday, when baseball said
he was being suspended indefinitely pending his talk with McHale.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Piniella said he will send a letter to Wegner apologizing for his actions.

Trammell managed the Cubs in their 10-1 win
over Atlanta on Sunday. He will continue running the team in
Piniella's absence.

"I was very pleased to see the team play well yesterday and
hopefully they will do well in Milwaukee," Piniella said.

Piniella was ejected in the eighth inning of Saturday's 5-3 loss
to the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field after Angel Pagan was thrown
out trying to steal third.

Piniella ran onto the field and kicked dirt as he argued and
tossed his cap. After seeing a replay following the game, Piniella
said Wegner's call was correct.

"I didn't think he got it right from my vantage point in the
dugout," he said. "There were frustrations involved also. I have
to go out there and defend my team.

"At the same time, there was no need for all the
extracurricular stuff, too. I apologize to the umpire for that. I
really do. I respect these guys. It's over and it's time to move
on."