David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg suspended
Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Ortiz and Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg have received four-game suspensions and undisclosed fines for their roles in the melee.
Gregg did not reveal how much he was fined, except to say it was "steep." Multiple media reports put Ortiz's and Gregg's fines at $2,500 each.
During Ortiz's eighth-inning at-bat with one out and Josh Reddick at third base, Gregg threw three straight inside fastballs, and on the third one, Ortiz started walking toward the mound, pointing at the pitcher. The benches and bullpens emptied, but the situation was brought under control and play resumed.
On the ensuing pitch, Ortiz popped out to shallow center field, and when he started down the first-base line, Gregg began pointing and yelling at him. Ortiz charged Gregg and the two began throwing punches. The benches and bullpens emptied again.
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"This is a guy that I always face and he never pitches in," Ortiz said the next day. "He throws a whole bunch of pitches inside, and I'm quite sure he was trying to hit me, no question about that."
Gregg's complaint was that Ortiz swung and hit a 3-0 pitch with the Red Sox leading by seven runs, and that Boston's designated hitter didn't run it out.
"After I hit the fly ball, he started screaming at me," Ortiz said at the time. "I ain't gonna take that like a little b----, you know what I'm saying? Everybody's a grown[up] man here, and you gotta be aware of the situation.
"I mean, you saw the argument before, and after that you're gonna act like you're my daddy? I ain't gonna take that. That ain't me, though. I haven't fought since I was in kindergarten."
Orioles pitcher Mike Gonzalez was suspended three games and fined by the league for throwing at Ortiz in the sixth inning of Sunday's game. Warnings had been issued earlier in that contest. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter received a one-game ban and a fine for his role in that game.
Gonzalez said he was fined $1,500.
Gregg and Gonzalez have appealed their suspensions and are able to play until they get a hearing. Ortiz was in the pregame lineup for the Red Sox Friday, meaning he must be appealing as well. Showalter sat out Thursday night's 8-4 loss to Cleveland.
ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald and Darren Hartwell and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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