McClendon gets automatic one-game ban
NEW YORK -- Pirates pitcher Salomon Torres was suspended for four games Friday for throwing at Oakland's Damien Miller on June 12, and manager Lloyd McClendon was suspended for one game.
McClendon was suspended because Torres' actions came after a warning had been issued. As a manager, McClendon is not allowed to appeal. He will serve his suspension during Saturday night's game against Seattle.
Torres will appeal the decision and continue to play until his case is heard.
The right-hander threw two consecutive pitches behind Miller in the eighth inning of the A's 12-11 victory.
Torres' first pitch sailed behind Miller about waist high, and plate umpire Kerwin Danley warned both sides. Torres' next pitch also went behind Miller, earning the pitcher and McClendon immediate ejections.
A's reliever Justin Duchscherer had hit Pirates catcher Jason Kendall with a pitch in the top of the inning.
The penalties were handed out by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for on-field operations.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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