Lackey and Scioscia also were fined undisclosed amounts by the
league, said Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field
Lackey is appealing his suspension, so he'll be able to take his
scheduled turn against Cleveland on Saturday.
"I was definitely surprised that there was a suspension
involved," said Lackey, who heard about it in a phone call from
general manager Bill Stoneman. "I'd never even gotten kicked out
of a game before, so it's definitely new ground. I don't think I
deserve to be suspended. But the league is pretty strict on that
kind of things these days, so I guess [Watson] was just doing his
Managers have no such appeal process, so Scioscia was suspended
for Thursday night's series opener against the Indians. Bench coach
Joe Maddon was the acting manager.
"I'm very disappointed with the suspensions. I don't think
there's anything that warrants suspensions," Scioscia said. "The
ejection wasn't appropriate because John wasn't throwing at the
guy. We pitch inside aggressively, and every pitcher's going to hit
somebody at one time or another when you do that. That's
Lackey was disciplined for intentionally throwing at Simon Pond
in the bottom of the sixth inning after a warning was issued
earlier in the game at Toronto.
Scioscia, the AL Manager of the year in 2002, was disciplined
for "for the intentional actions of Lackey after the warning was
issued," Watson said.
"I know the league's position on retaliation, and we don't
operate that way," said Scioscia, who spoke to Watson on the phone
Thursday. "We're not about retaliation. We're not about
headhunting. The league knows that. And that's what's disturbing."
Both Lackey and Scioscia were ejected after Lackey threw a pitch
that grazed Pond's jersey. That came after Toronto's Justin Miller
tied a club record by hitting three batters, including Jose Guillen
in the top of the sixth.
Miller wasn't disciplined because he hit all three batters before the umpire issued a warning.
"What's really unfortunate about this incident was how Toronto
gained an advantage by hitting one of our guys," Scioscia said.
"And when I went up to Jim Reynolds after the warning, he
interrupted me and said, 'You guys can still pitch inside. This
isn't about that. They're not going to gain an advantage through
"That's the way you're supposed to look at it. Unfortunately,
his actions after that were quite different from what he had told
us. So in this circumstance, we definitely got the short end of it."
After the Blue Jays won 6-5 in 10 innings, Guillen ripped his
teammates for not backing him after he was hit for the sixth time
this season, saying there was never any retaliation when he was
hit. Guillen later apologized to his teammates.