|Yankees pitcher Farnsworth suspended, appeals 3-game penalty|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 19 April 2008 08:55|
Farnsworth appealed the penalty, which was to start Saturday night against Baltimore. He will be eligible to pitch until a hearing is held.
Ramirez hit two home runs Thursday night as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 7-5. When he came up again in the seventh inning, Farnsworth threw a 97 mph pitch behind star.
Ramirez dropped his bat, but never made a move toward the mound. Farnsworth wasn't ejected and plate umpire Larry Vanover immediately warned both dugouts. Ramirez eventually grounded out and the Red Sox never retaliated.
``It just slipped. I was trying to be aggressive and go in on him,'' Farnsworth said after the game.
The penalty was imposed by Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball. The amount of the fine was not disclosed.
A day before Farnsworth's close pitch, Red Sox reliever David Aardsma hit Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with a pitch.
``We hit one of the best players and I guess they want to send a message and that's what they did,'' Ramirez said after nearly getting hit. ``They've got to back up their players and he did.''