MLB suspends Rick Porcello six games for plunking Ben Zobrist

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Detroit's Rick Porcello has been disciplined for plunking Ben Zobrist of the Rays, pictured above. (USATSI)
Detroit's Rick Porcello has been disciplined for plunking Ben Zobrist of the Rays, pictured above. (USATSI)

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The recent quasi-hostilities between the Tigers and Rays began when Miguel Cabrera took offense to some high-and-inside pitching on the part of Fernando Rodney. Pressed into retaliatory duty, Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello dutifully plunked Ben Zobrist in the first inning of Sunday's game (MLB.com video).

Now, Porcello, surely in part because he was the only one involved who actually hit someone with a pitch, has been suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount, MLB announced on Tuesday. Brad Galli of WXYZ tweets that Porcello says he intends to appeal the suspension.

This season, the 24-year-old Porcello has a 5.21 ERA across 86 1/3 innings.

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