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Rocket and Torre suspended

MLB has handed down disciplinary action against those involved in the brouhaha on Tuesday night:

New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch at Alex Rios of the Toronto Blue Jays in the bottom of the seventh inning of the game on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto after warnings had been issued to both Clubs earlier in the game. Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Pending appeal, the suspension of Clemens is scheduled to begin on Friday, Aug. 10, when New York plays at Cleveland. If appealed, the suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

In addition, Yankees manager Joe Torre has been suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for the intentional actions of Clemens after warnings had been issued earlier in the game. Torre is scheduled to serve his suspension on Friday night.

Also receiving undisclosed fines for their roles in the incidents during Tuesday's game were New York's Alex Rodriguez and coaches Larry Bowa and Tony Pena and Toronto's Matt Stairs and Josh Towers and coach Brian Butterfield.

Of course, we all know how this game is played.  Clemens will undoubtedly appeal the suspension and then drop it the day after his next start and will get nothing more than an extra day of rest between starts.

If this does indeed open up a spot start for someone else, I would have to believe that most Yankee fans would be delighted to see Ian Kennedy get that opportunity after dominating the minor leagues all season.