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Higginson, Gibson suspended

Posted: Monday August 18, 2003 6:41 PM

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Bobby Higginson and bench coach Kirk Gibson were suspended and fined by Major League Baseball on Monday following their ejections from an Aug. 10 game against the Minnesota Twins.

Higginson has appealed his two game suspension, the team said in a news release. A hearing date was not set and he was in the lineup for Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers.

Gibson was to serve his one-game suspension during Monday's game.

Higginson and Gibson were ejected during the first inning of Detroit's 4-3 loss to the twins.

Higginson was ejected after popping out in the bottom of the inning. Earlier in the at-bat, he had questioned a strike called by umpire Doug Eddings. On his way to first, he angrily threw his bat toward the Tigers dugout and it landed near Eddings.

Higginson returned to the dugout and yelled at Eddings, who ejected him. Higginson then raced back onto the field to argue with Eddings.

Gibson was ejected moments later for yelling from the dugout.

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