Posted on: July 14, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 6:18 pm
By Evan Brunell
Suspensions and fines were handed down on Thursday for the Red Sox-Orioles brawl just before the All-Star break, with aggressors Kevin Gregg of Baltimore and David Ortiz of Boston receiving four games apiece. Gregg's suspension is set to begin Thursday and Ortiz's on Friday unless they appeal, which is expected.
Gregg, the closer, threw three inside pitches to Big Papi in a telegraphed attempt to hit him. Ortiz vented his displeasure after the third high pitch, then flew out. Gregg informed Ortiz not so nicely to run the ball out and then head back to the dugout, at which point Ortiz charged the mound and sparked a bench-clearing incident.
"I'll let the process go out," Gregg, told the Associated Press, adding that the fine was a significant number. "The four-game is a pretty hefty suspension. I get the right to meet in New York with some people, tell them how it went down, what happened, get to say my side of the story."
Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez was also suspended three games for intentionally throwing at Ortiz two games later, while the Red Sox's John Lackey was fined for intentionally throwing at Derrek Lee Saturday. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the BoSox and reliever Jim Johnson of Baltimore were also fined for their actions.
"I definitely think they need to go back and do their homework," Gonzalez said, displeased with the league officials' decisions. "I think they need to go back and go through the whole series as opposed to just going through one game and seeing how everything fell into place."
Skipper Buck Showalter will sit out Thursday's game as he was suspended one game for Gonzalez's actions. He is unable to appeal.
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Posted on: May 20, 2011 7:53 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
"Contrary to popular belief, every time the Yankees get hit by a pitch, it's not intentional," Showalter said. "Every time they take a pitch, it's not a ball either."
Showalter got in a little hot water before the season when he ripped the Yankees in Men's Journal. In that interview, he said, "I know how many calls that team gets -- and yes, [Jeter] [ticks] me off."
Showalter should know, he was the beneficiary of the bias for those in pinstripes, if it exists, managing the Yankees from 1992-1995.
Posted on: May 19, 2011 6:56 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Dickerson was taken to a Baltimore-area hospital and a CT scan showed a concussion, but Dickerson told the Associated Press it was "nothing serious." Although he isn't in the lineup tonight, Dickerson said he wants to play Friday at Yankee Stadium against the Mets.
Gonzalez, who was ejected, apologized to Dickerson and gave him a hug before Thursday's game.
"I just wanted to make sure that he was OK," Gonzalez told the Baltimore Sun. "Obviously, it wasn't my intention. I wasn't trying to hit the guy. I felt a much better piece of mind when I got to talk to him. He understood the whole situation. He said that he knew I wasn't trying to hit him. That means the world to me. When I saw him out there walking around, I was very happy with it."
Gonzalez was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino after his pitch hit Dickerson in the helmet. Gonzalez said he didn't know if he'd face further disciplinary action, but he would appeal a suspension.
"I'm definitely going to fight it," Gonzalez said. "That was uncalled for. Anybody watching that game is going to know that there was no intention there."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: May 19, 2011 12:11 am
Edited on: May 19, 2011 1:35 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
This is not to diminish what happened to Chris Dickerson -- it was scary and I surely hope Dickerson is OK -- but the story to me is how home plate umpire Dan Bellino overreacted and tossed pitcher Mike Gonzalez.
Gonzalez had just given up the lead on a two-run double by Robinson Cano and then a 93 mph fastball got away from Gonzalez and hit Dickerson in what appeared to be the helmet. The ball reportedly cracked the helmet and was taken to a Baltimore hospital to be examined.
Dickerson had a welt on his left temple and was replaced by pinch runner A.J. Burnett, but the Orioles had to get another pitcher up and use Jeremy Guthrie -- Thursday's scheduled starter -- to clean up the mess. He allowed a sacrifice fly and then got two more outs to end the inning with the Yankees leading 4-1 in the 15th inning.
There was no reason to toss Gonzalez. The former Pirates closer was held out of the game until the 15th inning for a reason -- he's been horrible this season, allowing 19 hits in 12 2/3 innings and has an ERA of 8.53. Gonzalez later told reporters he'd tried to throw the ball low and away and it got away from him. With a runner on third in an extra-inning game and no outs, there was no reason for him to try to throw at Dickerson, who just came up from the minor leagues on Tuesday. Bellino just saw a batter on the ground and perhaps a scary injury and tossed the pitcher without giving proper thought.
In the interesting subplot that seems to come up in these extra-long games, the Yankees were forced to shuffle their lineup more to make up for the loss of Dickerson. Eduardo Nunez moved from shortstop to right field and Derek Jeter to abandoned the designated hitter to play shortstop.
Posted on: July 5, 2010 2:17 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 3:49 pm
Mike Gonzalez was supposed to be a lockdown closer for the Orioles in a season where the club chased .500.
Unfortunately, Gonzalez allowed four runs in two innings then promptly went on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. He began a rehab assignment in late June but showed decreased velocity. That velocity has picked up as Gonzalez goes through the rehab assignment and now has a cumulative 4.26 ERA in 6 1/3 innings across three levels of the farm system.
MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports that Gonzalez will make three more rehab starts before consideration is given to activating the lefty. He will pitch Tuesday and then back-to-back on Friday and Saturday. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz previously said Gonzalez would not be activated until after the three-day All-Star break which starts Monday.
That leaves Gonzalez in perfect shape to join Baltimore Friday to host the Blue Jays.
In other injury news, the Orioles plan to activate outfielder Felix Pie from the disabled list. Pie was quite unlucky in suffering a back injury in mid-April because he would have received a ton of playing time ahead of Garrett Atkins and Nolan Reimold, neither of which are no longer on the major-league squad. Unfortunately, the Orioles brought up Corey Patterson who has been contributing to the team, so now Pie will have to battle for playing time in the outfield as well as scrap for at-bats at DH.
A former top Cubs prospect, Pie was hitting .400 (8-for-20) on the season and contributed a .266/.326/.437 line in 2009. Just 25, the potential is there for Pie to emerge as Baltimore's long-term left fielder over the second half.
Another top prospect for Baltimore, third baseman Josh Bell, left Sunday's game against Boston with leg cramps. While not in the lineup, he doesn't figure to miss any extended time although he may be the demotion of choice when Pie is activated.
-- Evan Brunell
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