D. Cabrera gets six-game ban

August 01, 2008|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter

SEATTLE - Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera was fined and suspended for six games by Major League Baseball two days after being ejected and accused of intentionally throwing at New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

Cabrera is expected to appeal the suspension and make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Seattle Mariners. Orioles president of baseball operation Andy MacPhail said the suspension was automatic once Cabrera was ejected by plate umpire Chad Fairchild.

"I anticipated that was going to happen because once he makes that judgment, it's automatic," MacPhail said. "I don't think the umpire made the proper judgment because the game situation didn't call for that. But he made the judgment that he did, and we'll go from there. We're going to encourage the player to appeal it, and I'm confident that they'll look favorably on the appeal."

Yankees reliever Edwar Ramirez was also fined and suspended for three games after he threw a pitch over the head of Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar on Wednesday. He was immediately ejected and later earned the scorn of Millar, who referred to the pitcher as a "cute little fella," who "doesn't throw that hard and doesn't have very good stuff."

Ramirez denied he was throwing at Millar as retribution for Cabrera hitting Rodriguez in the left shoulder. When Rodriguez was hit two innings after hitting a solo homer off Cabrera, the Orioles led 6-1 and the Yankees had a man on second and none out.

"I know everybody in the whole stadium and every player, they know I'm not trying to hit A-Rod," Cabrera said. "How am I going to put someone on base? So it surprised me."

Several Yankees, including Rodriguez, said they didn't think Cabrera threw at the third baseman, though New York manager Joe Girardi seemingly disagreed, saying, "I'm just going to say I didn't like it."

Cabrera, who has struggled with his control his entire career, leads the majors in walks, wild pitches and hit batters. Last season, he was assessed a six-game ban after throwing a pitch at the head of Boston's Dustin Pedroia on Sept. 7.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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