Rockies' Reed gets three games

Updated: June 11, 2004, 7:54 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- St. Louis outfielder Roger Cedeno was suspended for four games and Colorado reliever Steve Reed was suspended for three games Friday for their animated run-ins with umpires.

Both players appealed, meaning their penalties will not take effect until hearings are held. Cedeno and Reed also were fined undisclosed amounts by Major League Baseball.

The suspensions had been set to start Friday night. Cedeno was not in the starting lineup as the Cardinals played at Texas, and Reed was available as the Rockies visited Tampa Bay.

Cedeno was suspended after spraying an umpire with spit Tuesday. Reed was penalized after throwing glove in an umpire's direction Sunday.

Cedeno was ejected after breaking his bat on home plate after a check-swing strike against the Chicago Cubs. Plate umpire Rick Reed said Cedeno then spit on him.

Asked if he thought it was intentional, Reed said, "Yes. ... He was pretty profane. His obscenities were pretty personal."

Cedeno thought he'd held up his swing, and Reed called it a ball. But Cubs pitcher Matt Clement appealed to third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez, who ruled it a strike.

Reed upheld Marquez's call, and Cedeno banged his bat on home plate.

Umpire Bruce Dreckman tossed Steve Reed during a game between the Rockies and San Francisco.

A.J. Pierzynski leaned his right elbow into Reed's pitch with the bases loaded, giving the Giants a 10-2 lead. Reed argued that Pierzynski didn't try to get out of the way.

Manager Clint Hurdle ran out to argue and had to shove hard to restrain Reed, who bumped Dreckman and was ejected.

Reed stayed on the field, and Colorado teammates helped Hurdle keep the pitcher separated from Dreckman. Reed threw his glove in Dreckman's direction when he eventually walked toward the dugout.


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