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Cameron appeals two-game ban

Mike Cameron drew a two-game suspension from Major League Baseball for making contact with an umpire during Saturday’s game in Atlanta and immediately appealed the ruling, a club spokesman said Tuesday.

Cameron’s suspension was scheduled to begin Tuesday night, when the Brewers begin a three-game series against the Rockies on Tuesday night at Miller Park. Because he appealed, he can continue to play until his case is heard.

MLB disciplinarian Bob Watson announced Cameron’s punishment, which included a two-game suspension plus a fine for “inappropriate conduct … which included making contact with Umpire Marvin Hudson.” The dispute came in the ninth inning of Milwaukee’s 3-0 win over the Braves on Saturday, after Cameron was called out on strikes.

Lots of lefties against Florida's Sanchez

With Mike Cameron out of the lineup with his sore left knee and Corey Hart getting what appears to be a day off, the Brewers are starting six left-handed hitters against Anibal Sanchez tonight.

Ryan Braun, by the way, is back in. He fouled a pitch off his calf last night and later left the game in a double-switch, but manager Ken Macha insisted the move wasn’t injury-related.

Here are the lineups:

Craig Counsell  2B
Frank Catalanotto  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
J.J. Hardy  SS
Mat Gamel  3B
Jody Gerut  CF
Jason Kendall  C
Manny Parra  LHP

Emilio Bonifacio  3B
Jeremy Hermida  LF
Hanley Ramirez  SS
Jorge Cantu  1B
Dan Uggla  2B
Cody Ross  CF
Ronny Paulino  C
Brett Carroll  RF
Anibal Sanchez  RHP

No sign of Mike Burns yet, by the way. We were just kicked out of the clubhouse for what appeared to be Kangaroo Court, with Judge Hoffman presiding. Wonder if Burns will wander in during the middle of it an incur his first fine.

And on a much more somber note, reliever Mark DiFelice received word this morning that his paternal grandmother, Olga, had passed away in Philadelphia. He expects to leave the team on Saturday to attend the funeral on Sunday. DiFelice is unavailable tonight because of a sore right elbow but he hopes to resume throwing on Wednesday.

Cameron hurts knee, Braun seems OK

The Brewers lost the lead and their starting center fielder in the sixth inning of Monday’s 7-4 loss to the Marlins, when Mike Cameron exited with a flare-up of tendinitis in his left knee.

Left fielder Ryan Braun exited later in the same inning, but manager Ken Macha insisted that move was a simple double-switch. Braun, the manager said, was “fine.”

Cameron, though, will be re-examined on Tuesday before the Brewers continue their four-game series at Land Shark Stadium. The 36-year-old missed a handful of games last season with a similar injury.

“It sparked up more than normal in the outfield,” Cameron said. “It ‘pressurized’ more than normal. It’s something I can deal with. I just irritated it pretty good.”

Plenty of action in Brewers-Astros

Can’t wait to hear the explanation from both sides about tonight’s lineup snafu. Apparently, filling out a lineup card is not as easy as you’d think, because Tampa’s Joe Maddon messed it up on Sunday and Cecil Cooper did the same tonight, flipping Kaz Matsui and Michael Bourn in the lineup. Tough for Matsui, whose batting average dropped before he even left the batter’s box.

Who noticed the mistake in the Brewers’ dugout? Maybe it was manager Ken Macha, who exchanges lineups himself instead of sending out a coach to do it.

A little more drama in the fourth inning, when Mike Cameron wrapped a solo home run around the left field foul pole to put the Brewers on the board. Not only was it Cameron’s 249th career home run, leaving him one shy of becoming the 20th player with 250 homers and 250 stolen bases, it was the first hit off Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez in 88 1/3 innings. Nobody had taken Rodriguez deep since Aug. 10 of last season.

Lineup: Weeks in, Hardy down

Second baseman Rickie Weeks said he suffered a mild concussion on Tuesday night when he was clipped by shortstop J.J. Hardy, but he went through a battery of tests this afternoon and was deemed able to play.

There was a significant change in the lineup, though. Hardy, who batted fifth in his first 12 starts this season, was moved down to the six-hole. Hardy enters the game hitting .125, and he was replaced in the five-hole by center fielder Mike Cameron, who is hitting .333 with a team-high four home runs.

The lineups:

Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Mike Cameron  CF
J.J. Hardy  SS
Craig Counsell  3B
Jason Kendall  C
Braden Looper RHP

Jimmy Rollins  SS
Shane Victorino  CF
Chase Utley  2B
Ryan Howard  1B
Jason Werth  RF
Raul Ibanez  LF
Pedro Feliz  3B
Lou Marson  C
Joe Blanton  RHP

Cameron keeping tabs on Giants rookie

Brewers outfielder Mike Cameron has been keeping tabs on injured Giants pitcher Joe Martinez through a couple of San Francisco veterans, and he sent a care package to Martinez on Saturday.

The package contained some of Milwaukee’s signature Klement’s sausages packed in dry ice. While it was en route, Cameron received updates from Giants players Randy Winn and Aaron Rowand about the rookie Martinez, who suffered a concussion and three small skull fractures when he was struck in the head by a Cameron line drive in the ninth inning of Thursday’s game.

Cameron tried calling Martinez’s hospital room, but Martinez couldn’t talk. Cameron was still shaken by the experience as the Brewers played their home opener on Friday.

“Was it weighing on me? Yeah, yesterday it was,” Cameron said before batting practice Saturday. “[Martinez] couldn’t talk but we did everything, sent him a care package, everything you could possibly thing of. Doug [Melvin, Milwaukee’s general manager] and [Brewers vice president of communications Tyler Barnes] put it together, so that was cool.

“It was hard, though. It was. Unless you’ve had a traumatic experience, you don’t know. I’m pretty sure the same things were going through his mind on the way to the hospital that were going through mine.”

In a statement released Friday, Giants medical officials said they expect Martinez to make a full recovery.

“It was good to hear,” Cameron said.

Gameday: March 12 vs. Padres (Cameron out)

Mike Cameron has been shut down for at least a few days with a ribcage injury, so Chris Duffy gets the start today in center field. Here’s the lineup:

Rickie Weeks  2B
Craig Counsell  3B
J.J. Hardy  SS
Prince Fielder  1B
Corey Hart  RF
Brad Nelson  LF
Chris Duffy  CF
Jason Kendall  C
Jeff Suppan  RHP

Cameron tweaked a muscle between his ribs, near his left armpit, during relay drills on Wednesday. He said he suffered a similar injury during 2007 Spring Training with the Padres and it sidelined him a month. He’s hoping that he caught this one early enough to limit his downtime.

Emptying the notebook…

Some random items that did not find a home in news stories over the past few days:

– Prince Fielder, Craig Counsell and Hernan Iribarren reported to camp on Monday, leaving only three players absent ahead of Tuesday’s report date for position players: Mike Cameron, Alcides Escobar and Mat Gamel. All three are expected to arrive on time.

Cameron is a veteran so it’s not surprising to see him report on time instead of early, but it’s a bit surprising that Escobar and Gamel, two of Milwaukee’s top prospects, have yet to show. Escobar planned to arrive Monday but he missed a flight out of Venezuela, and Gamel stayed back in Florida because he’s about to become a dad for the first time.

– Speaking of Escobar, assistant general manager Gord Ash said the shortstop prospect was not kicked off his winter ball team, refuting a rumor that has circulated the Internet during the offseason.

– Fielder was in high spirits, and he does appear to have slimmed down over the winter. You can see the change in his face.

– The Brewers have already scheduled a “B” game for the March 10 off-day, and will play the Rangers in Surprise, Ariz. at 9:30 a.m. that day. The team is also working to schedule a “B” game for the March 4 off-day, but has not found any takers.

Those games are intended mostly to keep Brewers pitchers on schedule. All of the regular offensive players will get that day off.

– Manager Ken Macha intends to play left fielder Ryan Braun extensively in early Cactus League games so he is ready for the World Baseball Classic. While players like Fielder get their one or two at-bats and call it a day, Braun could play some full games, Macha said.

– Camp was lively on Monday, when the pitchers were divided into teams for a bunting competition. Mitch Stetter is a surprisingly good bunter and so is Trevor Hoffman, though it’s not all that surprising since Hoffman is a former shortstop. Carlos Villanueva delivered the best bunt, landing the baseball within a small target along a virtual third base line.

On a side note, Villanueva is batting right-handed again. He tinkered as a lefty last season, but since he’s now permanently in the bullpen, he figured it was best to keep things sinple.

– General manager Doug Melvin on catching prospect Jonathan Lucroy: “That kid is going to be a player. He reminds me a little of [former A’s catcher] Terry Steinbach.”