Ramirez to appeal suspension
Reliever also fined after throwing pitch over Millar's head
NEW YORK -- Reliever Edwar Ramirez called the three-game suspension levied on him on Thursday for a pitch that sailed above the head of Baltimore's Kevin Millar on Wednesday "too much," and will appeal.
"I didn't do anything," said Ramirez, who will also be fined an undisclosed amount. "The ball didn't hit him. That was one mistake, one pitch inside. We'll have to wait."
Ramirez was tossed after his first pitch of the seventh inning against the Orioles, earning an immediate thumb from home-plate umpire Mark Wegner. Ramirez said after the game that it was unintentional.
Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the eighth inning on Tuesday, and both benches were warned.
Cabrera was also suspended on Thursday, for six games, and will be fined an undisclosed amount. He didn't immediately appeal. If Ramirez and Cabrera appeal, their respective penalties will be delayed until the matters are settled.
No warnings had been issued before Ramirez's ejection, but Wegner said that the hurler intentionally threw behind Millar's head and that "we were here [on Tuesday], so we know what's going on."
Willie Bans is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.