Rick Porcello suspended 6 games for hitting Ben Zobrist
JUL 02, 2013 4:37p ET
The league has spoken.
Major League Baseball has suspended Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello six games and fined him an undisclosed amount for throwing at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Ben Zobrist on Sunday, the league announced Tuesday.
Porcello plunked Zobrist on the right wrist with a 94-mph fastball in the first inning of the Rays’ victory at Tropicana Field, presumably in retaliation for Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney buzzing a fastball near Miguel Cabrera’s chin in the 10th inning of a Rays’ victory the night before.
Porcello told reporters Tuesday he intends to appeal the suspension.
After the game Sunday, Rays manager Joe Maddon said of the incident, "I thought it was absolutely uncalled for. Hopefully, the league will take a look at that. I was just pleased with the way that we played the game."
Meanwhile, Tigers manager Jim Leyland seemed incredulous.
"We had three guys get hit last week, and we hit a couple guys last week," he said Sunday. "That’s all part of the game."
Tampa Bay (44-39) is one game into a four-game series against the Houston Astros. Meanwhile, Detroit (43-38) is one game into a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Rays and Tigers are not scheduled to meet the remainder of the regular season.
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