Torre suspended one game; Proctor four

Updated: May 8, 2007, 12:40 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Yankees reliever Scott Proctor was suspended four games and manager Joe Torre was penalized one game by Major League Baseball on Monday, a day after a skirmish between the Seattle Mariners and New York.

Scott Proctor
Rich Pilling/Getty ImagesScott Proctor is held back as the Yankees and Mariners benches emptied Sunday after he buzzed Seattle's Yuniesky Betancourt.

Proctor appealed his suspension, meaning he can pitch until a hearing is held and a ruling is issued. He also was fined $1,500.

"Thought it was a little strong," Proctor said. "Whatever it was I was willing to handle it."

Torre wasn't in the dugout for Monday night's 3-2 loss to the Mariners. Bench coach Don Mattingly managed the Yankees in his absence.

The problems started after Josh Phelps slid hard into Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima. When Phelps came up again, Jarrod Washburn hit him in the back with the first pitch. At that point, the umpires warned both dugouts for the second time in three days.

Proctor then threw an inside pitch to Yuniesky Betancourt in the seventh. Betancourt pointed his bat toward the mound, catcher Wil Nieves grabbed him, and the benches and bullpens emptied. No punches were thrown. roctor and Torre were ejected.

Proctor, used heavily all season, joked that the suspension would give him a welcome rest.

"They can wear me out pretty good before that," he said.


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