Big Unit suspended five games; Torre one

Updated: June 16, 2006, 1:46 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson was suspended five games by the commissioner's office Thursday for intentionally throwing at Cleveland's Eduardo Perez the night before.

Johnson is expected to appeal the penalty, allowing him to make his next scheduled start Monday in Philadelphia.

New York manager Joe Torre was suspended for one game. There is no appeal process available for Torre, who will serve his suspension Friday night in Washington, when the Yankees open an interleague series.

"I'll be in Washington tomorrow but I can't be on the bench," he said.

Bench coach Lee Mazzilli will manage the Yankees in Torre's absence.

Also, Johnson and Torre were each fined an undisclosed amount by Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.

Johnson threw way inside to Perez in the seventh inning of New York's 6-1 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night. Both benches had been warned by umpires in the sixth, when Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and Cleveland starter Jason Johnson exchanged words after Posada was hit by a pitch.


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