Rockies' Mesa, Giants' Wright suspended for beanballs
NEW YORK -- Colorado reliever Jose Mesa and San Francisco pitcher Jamey Wright were each suspended Friday for three games for intentionally throwing at an opposing hitter during a tense game between the teams earlier this week.
Giants manager Felipe Alou was suspended for a game because a warning had been issued to both teams prior to Wright's hitting Colorado's Matt Holliday in the eighth inning of the Rockies' 12-4 victory Tuesday.
Wright and Alou were to begin serving their suspensions during San Francisco's game at Milwaukee on Friday.
Mesa, who hit San Francisco's Mark Sweeney in the top of the eighth inning, has filed an appeal and his suspension won't start until the appeals process has been completed.
"I don't want to get suspended. I'm appealing that," Mesa said in Denver before the Rockies played the Atlanta Braves.
Mesa said he felt he was being singled out: "Felipe knows what to do. I guess they keep hitting people and get away with it. I hit somebody and I got suspended right away," he said.
Mesa has drawn Alou's ire for a long-running feud with Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel, whom he has plunked repeatedly.
Mesa and Vizquel played together in Cleveland from 1992-98 but their friendship ended when Vizquel criticized Mesa in his 2002 autobiography for blowing the save in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series against Florida, and Mesa vowed never to forget the criticism.
Alou said earlier this summer that it's a shame these two teams are paying for the Mesa-Vizquel feud.
Alou said Friday in Milwaukee that it made no sense to think the Giants were looking for trouble.
"We're the team that gave up 32 runs in the first two games," Alou said. "Usually, the team that's getting pounded is going to hit someone first. We weren't hitting anybody."
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