Ortiz Hit With Four-Game Suspension
BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox DH David Ortiz has been suspended four games by Major League Baseball for charging the mound last Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles.
Baltimore reliever Kevin Gregg has also been suspended four games. Both were fined an undisclosed amount.
Ortiz plans to appeal the supsension.
In the eighth inning of the Red Sox 10-3 win, Gregg threw three pitches inside to Ortiz. Papi took exception to the third one, barking at Gregg. Benches cleared but nothing was made of it.
Until the next pitch.
On a 3-0 count, Ortiz swung away and popped up. As he went down the first base line, Gregg yelled at him to run it out. This upset Ortiz, who charged the mound.
Both Ortiz and Gregg threw punches, but hit nothing but air. Gregg was ejected immediately for heckling Ortiz. The Red Sox DH was ejected after charging the mound.
Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Baltimore reliever Jim Johnson were also ejected from the game Friday and received fines.
Red Sox Pitcher John Lackey was fined for throwing at the Orioles Derek Lee in Saturday’s game.
Baltimore reliever Mike Williams was suspended three games for throwing behind Ortiz in Sunday’s searies finale. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was also suspended one game.