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Clemens and Torre suspended by MLB

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 09, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Just received this release from Major League Baseball:

New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch at Alex Rios of the Toronto Blue Jays in the bottom of the seventh inning of the game on Tuesday, August 7th at the Rogers Centre in Toronto after warnings had been issued to both Clubs earlier in the game. Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Pending appeal, the suspension of Clemens is scheduled to begin on Friday, August 10th, when New York plays at Cleveland. If appealed, the suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

In addition, Yankees manager Joe Torre has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for the intentional actions of Clemens after warnings had been issued earlier in the game. Torre is scheduled to serve his suspension on Friday night.

Also receiving undisclosed fines for their roles in the incidents during Tuesday’s game were New York’s Alex Rodriguez and coaches Larry Bowa and Tony Pena and Toronto’s Matt Stairs and Josh Towers and coach Brian Butterfield.

There is no appeals process for managers, so Torre could be watching the game from the press box tomorrow. Clemens is expected to appeal, so the Yankees can manipulate that process so that all he gets is an extra day of rest and doesn’t miss a start.

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