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Blyleven suspended for three more broadcasts

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins commentator Bert Blyleven was suspended for an additional three telecasts for accidentally using two profanities on air during a pregame segment, the Twins said Wednesday.

The team, Fox Sports Net North and WFTC Television said in a joint statement that Blyleven will not work the Sept. 9 and Sept. 10 games against the Detroit Tigers and the Sept. 17 game at Cleveland. However, he will return to the broadcast booth for the Sept. 11 game against the Oakland Athletics.

Blyleven was also suspended for the Sept. 5 and Sept. 6 games at Tampa Bay.

Blyleven uttered the words after slipping up during Sunday's segment, which he thought was being taped rather than broadcast live. He apologized to viewers during the first inning of the Twins-Yankees game in New York on Sunday.

"We all make mistakes," said Mike Diamond, FSN North vice president and general manager. "Bert would never do this intentionally. Having said that, there are consequences for our actions, and we feel this is an appropriate consequence."

Blyleven again apologized.

"I want to make sure that everyone knows that I fully understand and accept this suspension and am very much looking forward to getting back in the booth to concentrate on the team's late-season success," he said.

Twins president Dave St. Peter said the team and its television partners feel the additional suspension was both necessary and appropriate.