Thursday, August 9, 2007
Clemens suspended five games, Torre one after testy series
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens was suspended for five games
Thursday and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre for one, the
fallout from the Rocket hitting Toronto's Alex Rios with a pitch
During a testy three-game series, the Blue Jays' Jesse Litsch
threw behind Alex Rodriguez's legs in Monday's opener and Josh Towers hit A-Rod on his calf with a pitch in the third inning
The benches and bullpens emptied twice, but no punches were
thrown. Clemens then hit Rios in the middle of his back in the
seventh inning. Clemens and Torre immediately were ejected.
Clemens, Rodriguez and Torre were fined along with Yankees
coaches Larry Bowa and Tony Pena, Toronto's Matt Stairs and
Towers, and Blue Jays coach Brian Butterfield.
Toronto's anger seemed to stem from the May 30 game, when
Rodriguez yelled to distract third baseman Howie Clark during a
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he didn't have any thoughts on the penalties. Torre will serve his suspension Friday at Cleveland, and Clemens is likely to appeal, delaying his suspension.
Torre was suspended for one game in May after reliever Scott Proctor, then with the Yankees, threw an inside pitch to Seattle's