Venters, Cox suspended

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, Last Updated: 4:48 PM ET

NEW YORK -- Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters has been suspended by Major League Baseball for four games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing two straight pitches at Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder in the eighth inning of Saturday's game at Turner Field.

Venters threw behind and over Fielder's head with the first pitch of the inning and hit him in the back with his next offering and was immediately tossed out of the game.

His suspension is scheduled to begin Tuesday, though, if appealed, will be held in abeyance until the process is finished.

Fielder had smashed a game-tying home run off Tim Hudson in the previous frame that jump-started a five-run rally that carried the Brewers to a 6-3 comeback win.

Braves' manager Bobby Cox was handed a one-game suspension for the intentional actions of Venters after a warning had been issued to the southpaw after his first intentional offering at Fielder.

The veteran skipper is slated to serve his suspension during Tuesday's game with San Diego.


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