MLB issues discipline for Boston-Baltimore brawl
By SPORTS NETWORK
|David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Kevin Gregg of the Baltimore Orioles fight in the bottom of the eighth inning at Fenway Park on July 8, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP)
NEW YORK - Major League Baseball on Thursday issued its rulings on the incidents that occurred during last weekend's series between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Orioles relief pitcher Kevin Gregg both received four-game suspensions and undisclosed fines for touching off the most serious of a pair of battles between the clubs at Fenway Park.
After hitting a fly ball in the eighth inning of Boston's 10-3 victory last Friday, Gregg yelled at the BoSox slugger to run the bases. Ortiz then made his way towards the pitcher and the two shoved each other, both missing with wild punches just as the dugouts and bullpens emptied.
Gregg was due to start his suspension Thursday when the Orioles lost at home to Cleveland, but he is appealing the penalty. Ortiz's suspension was to start Friday when the Red Sox visit Tampa Bay, but he's also reportedly going to appeal.
Orioles pitcher Mike Gonzalez was also issued a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for throwing at Ortiz during Sunday's series finale, but he appealed the penalty. Warnings had already been issued earlier in the game before Gonzalez threw a pitch behind the back of Ortiz in the sixth inning.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for Gonzalez's intentional actions. Showalter's suspension was served during Thursday's game.
In addition to the suspensions, Baltimore's Jim Johnson, along with Boston's Jarrod Saltalamacchia and John Lackey were fined undisclosed amounts for their actions during the series.
Johnson and Saltalamacchia were disciplined for their respective roles during another bench-clearing incident in the Saturday contest, while Lackey was fined for intentionally throwing a pitch at Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee, also in that game.