McClendon gets automatic one-game ban

NEW YORK -- Pirates pitcher Salomon Torres was suspended for
four games Friday for throwing at Oakland's Damien Miller on June
12, and manager Lloyd McClendon was suspended for one game.

McClendon was suspended because Torres' actions came after a
warning had been issued. As a manager, McClendon is not allowed to
appeal. He will serve his suspension during Saturday night's game
against Seattle.

Torres will appeal the decision and continue to play until his
case is heard.

The right-hander threw two consecutive pitches behind Miller in
the eighth inning of the A's 12-11 victory.

Torres' first pitch sailed behind Miller about waist high, and
plate umpire Kerwin Danley warned both sides. Torres' next pitch
also went behind Miller, earning the pitcher and McClendon
immediate ejections.

A's reliever Justin Duchscherer had hit Pirates catcher Jason
Kendall with a pitch in the top of the inning.

The penalties were handed out by Bob Watson, baseball's vice
president for on-field operations.