posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 05:50 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - Boston slugger David Ortiz and Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano were suspended for five games each Thursday for their recent
actions in separate games. Cubs pitcher LaTroy Hawkins got a three-game suspension from another game.
Ortiz plans to appeal his penalty, which was set to start Friday night against the New York Yankees. He will be able to play until a hearing is held.
The suspensions for Zambrano and Hawkins are scheduled to begin Friday. All three players also were fined undisclosed amounts by Bob Watson, vice
president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.
Ortiz became upset after being called out on strikes by umpire Matt Hollowell last Friday night at Anaheim.
The Red Sox star had to be restrained by manager Terry Francona and coach Brad Mills. Ortiz then threw a couple of bats onto the field that came close
to hitting umpires Bill Hohn and Mark Carlson.
Zambrano was penalized for intentionally hitting St. Louis' Jim Edmonds with a pitch Monday night at Wrigley Field. Zambrano was ejected - the
previous pitch, Scott Rolen hit a go-ahead homer off him in the ninth inning.
Earlier in the game, Edmonds homered, struck out and was hit by a pitch from Zambrano, and the two players exchanged words.
On Tuesday, Hawkins gave up a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to the Cardinals' Albert Pujols. Hawkins was ejected after he started yelling at home
plate umpire Tim Tschida, and the reliever had to be restrained by manager Dusty Baker and several Cubs coaches from going at Tschida.