Tigers' Fernando Rodney a Winner: Appeal Cuts Game from Suspension

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Rodney Appeals, Rodney Wins

Fernando Rodney didn't think he deserved a three-game suspension for throwing a ball into the press box, so he appealed. For all his hard work -- and impressive ball-chucking skills -- the suspension has been reduced a whopping one game:

“Just emotion … suspended two games,” he said.

Rodney said he was also fined $3,000.

“For two days, $3,000 is a lot of money,” he said.

Rodney will begin serving his suspension tonight when the Tigers play the Blue Jays. He'll also miss the first game of a three-game series against Kansas City on Tuesday.


Rodney To Appeal Suspension

Well, that was quick: Tigers pitcher Fernando Rodney has already said he'll appeal the three-game suspension handed down today. No one was actually hit when threw the ball into the press box, but, ya know, he threw a ball into the press box.

"I was throwing the ball to the fans," Rodney said afterwards. "[I was] emotional. It's nothing bad. I know I'm not supposed to throw the ball, but I'm feeling in the moment. ... I don't throw it to hit nobody. I think if I throw it in the right spot, I don't hit nobody."
You can watch video of the incident at MLB.com.

Tigers Fernando Rodney Suspended Three Games After Throwing Ball Into Pressbox

On Friday, after recording a save against the Tampa Bay Rays, his 32nd of the season, Tigers closer Fernando Rodney celebrated in a fashion that probably many pitchers before him wish they had thought of: he threw the baseball into the press box at Tropicana Field. For his actions, he'll be suspended three games. And also fined an undisclosed amount.

Rodney said later he was acting on emotion when he threw the ball from the field into the press box, where several reporters were working. No one was hurt.

Detroit manager Jim Leyland said after Friday's game and again Saturday he did not consider it a big deal.

Assuming he does not appeal, the suspension will start tonight, with the Tigers in Kansas City to play the Royals.

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