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Friday, May 9, 2008
Throwing behind Manny costs Farnsworth one game on appeal

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Kyle Farnsworth's suspension was cut from three games to one Friday by Major League Baseball following an appeal by the New York Yankees reliever.

Kyle Farnsworth

Farnsworth

Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, announced the original penalty April 19, two days after Farnsworth threw a fastball behind the neck of Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez. Farnsworth wasn't ejected and said the ball slipped.

John McHale Jr., executive vice president for administration in the commissioner's office, heard Farnsworth's appeal Tuesday.

Farnsworth was to serve the suspension Friday, baseball spokesman Rich Levin said.

In other Yankees news, Kei Igawa was recalled from Scranton/Wilkes Barre, and the right-hander Chris Britton was optioned to the Triple-A team before the game. Britton pitched 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings on May 1 against the Tigers -- his only appearance of the season.

Igawa, the Yankees' starter Friday night, went 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA in Triple-A after going 2-3 with a 6.25 ERA in 14 games with the Yankees last season. It was to be his first major league outing this year.

"I'm anxious to see him tonight. He's throwing pretty well in Triple-A," Girardi said before the game. "I'm not asking him to throw a shutout or go nine [innings] tonight, just give us a chance."