Astros manager Brad Mills and reliever Aneury Rodriguez were suspended as a consequence of Rodriguez's hitting Florida's Gaby Sanchez with a pitch Sunday. Mills served his one-game suspension during the Astros' 11-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, while Rodriguez appealed and was able to close out Tuesday's win.
The suspensions were hardly unexpected after both were ejected from Sunday's game for the actions, which took place after a warning was issued. However, they were notable in their contrast to those for the Marlins, as Edward Mujica was not suspended, and he was ejected Sunday for hitting Bill Hall, who had injured Hanley Ramirez with a hard slide earlier in the series.
Mills participated in the Astros' pregame activities on Tuesday, however, he had to vacate by the time the game started. Bench coach Al Pedrique, who was last a manager with any regularity with the 2004 Diamondbacks, led the Astros to the easy victory. "I disagree wholeheartedly," Mills said of the suspension.
There was much dialogue through the media on both sides as to the slide itself and the ensuing alleged hard feelings. Ramirez and Hall both denied that there was anything dirty about Friday's slide, but Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez would not go as far as to deny it in his comments to South Florida reporters. Mills said that there was no animosity and the hit by pitch late was simply a ball that got away.
"No one wanted to fight anyone," Mills said. "No one was screaming or yelling. That was the crux of what I had to say: I don't understand. I was mainly defending Aneury. That was just not fair."
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