Ortiz will appeal decision

Updated: July 22, 2004, 11:39 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Boston slugger David Ortiz was suspended for five games Thursday for his actions in a game last week in Anaheim, Calif.

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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.

Ortiz also was fined an undisclosed amount by Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.

"I know the suspension was going to come, but I wasn't expecting that many games," Ortiz said after the opener of a day-night doubleheader between the Red Sox and Baltimore.

Ortiz became upset after being called out on strikes by umpire Matt Hollowell last Friday night against the Angels.

The Boston 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.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.