NEW YORK -- Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Willingham was suspended for one game after making contact with an umpire during a weekend dispute.
The penalty was supposed to go into effect for Monday night's game at Texas, but Willingham appealed. He can keep playing until the appeal process is complete.
Willingham, who was hitting .225 while leading the Athletics with five home runs and 17 RBI, was in the starting lineup batting fourth against the Rangers.
Major League Baseball also fined Willingham an undisclosed amount.
Willingham was ejected by umpire Bill Miller for arguing a called third strike in Saturday night's game at Kansas City. Willingham made contact with Miller during the eighth-inning disagreement.
"He informed me what they told him, he's appealing it, and I back him," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "It's his decision. Either way. My players, I'm always going to back 'em, support any decision they make."
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MILWAUKEE -- Brewers utility man Erick Almonte spent an entire week trying to rid himself of nausea and dizziness, symptoms of a concussion that landed him on the new seven-day disabled list.
Almonte returned to physical activity after clearing his baseline test earlier in the day. The first player on the DL for concussions, Almonte said he flunked the test last week.
Almonte was hit in the head April 26 during Brewers batting practice when third baseman Craig Counsell threw a ball that hit him at first base. He still remembers nothing about the accident.
Almonte, who was 3 for 29 with a homer and three RBIs in 16 games, didn't travel with the team on its 10-game road trip and will not be ready to return before he'll be automatically transferred to the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have optioned right-hander Jeanmar Gomez to Triple-A Columbus.
Gomez went 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in four starts since being recalled from the Clippers. The team is expected to fill Gomez's roster spot on Tuesday before opening a three-game series against Tampa Bay.
The Indians have won 13 straight at Progressive Field since dropping their first two home games against the White Sox. Cleveland, which leads the AL Central by 4½ games, hasn't been 13-2 at home since 1941, and the Indians have never been 14-2 to start a season at home.
Cleveland has won 18 of its last 20 home games against Tampa Bay since 2005.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals have traded minor league outfielder Gregor Blanco to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named.
The 27-year-old Blanco was hitting .196 with four RBI and 12 runs scored for Triple-A Omaha. He had stolen nine bases in 10 attempts.
The Royals acquired Blanco from Atlanta with pitchers Tim Collins and Jesse Chavez last July 31 for pitcher Kyle Farnsworth and outfielder Rick Ankiel.
Blanco is a career .258 hitter in parts of three big league seasons with Atlanta and Kansas City.
Tommy Hunter was nearly ready to join the Rangers for the first time this season, and instead he's likely going to be unavailable for several more weeks.
The 24-year-old pitcher injured his right groin the day he was named a member of the Rangers' starting pitching rotation in spring training and was making his second rehab start when he reaggravated the injury. He had thrown six innings and allowed no earned runs for Double-A Frisco before the issue. He will go to Arlington to have the injury examined by Rangers' team doctors.
Hunter was about to arrive on the scene with perfect timing for the Rangers. They've lost 10 of their last 14 games. Matt Harrison has fallen apart since a scorching start, though his last outing was a quality start. Alexi Ogando is throwing the ball really well, but he's battling blister issues -- which forced him to miss a scheduled start Sunday.
Had Hunter returned, he could have strengthened the rotation or bolstered a struggling bullpen still reeling from having lost Darren O'Day.
MIAMI -- Florida Marlins right-hander Clay Hensley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with bruised left ribs.
Hensley was hurt when he slipped on stairs at the team hotel in Cincinnati a week ago. He has pitched since but struggled, walking three in the past 2 2/3 innings he has worked.
Hensley has a 2.77 ERA in 16 games. To take his spot on the roster, the Marlins recalled right-hander Burke Badenhop from Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday.
Marlins reliever Mujica strains left knee
MIAMI -- Florida Marlins right-hander Edward Mujica left the team's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with a strained left knee.
Mujica was hurt while running to cover first base on a grounder in the seventh inning. He hopped several times, then fell to the infield dirt holding the back of his leg, and was carted off the field.
Mujica is 3-1 with an ERA of 3.63 in 16 games this season.