Zambrano, Hawkins receive suspensions

Friday, July 23, 2004

NEW YORK -- Boston slugger David Ortiz and Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano were suspended for five games each Thursday for their recent actions in separate games.

Cubs pitcher LaTroy Hawkins got a three-game suspension from another incident.

All three players plan to appeal the penalties, which were set to start today. They will be able to play until hearings are held.

Ortiz, Zambrano and Hawkins also were fined undisclosed amounts by Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said the suspensions of Zambrano and Hawkins were more than he expected.

"We anticipated some action. We were hoping it would be a little more lenient," Hendry said.

Zambrano was penalized for intentionally hitting St. Louis' Jim Edmonds with a pitch Monday night at Wrigley Field. Zambrano was ejected -- the previous pitch, Scott Rolen hit a go-ahead homer off him in the ninth inning.

Earlier in the game, Edmonds homered, struck out and was hit by a pitch from Zambrano, and the two players exchanged words.

On Tuesday, Hawkins gave up a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to the Cardinals' Albert Pujols. Hawkins was ejected after he started yelling at home plate umpire Tim Tschida, and the reliever had to be restrained by manager Dusty Baker and several Cubs coaches from going at Tschida.

-- AP

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