Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg have both been suspended four games by Major League Baseball for their roles in a fight that broke out between the pair last Friday.
Ortiz had alleged that Gregg had tried to hit him during an eighth-inning at-bat, causing the benches to clear before cooler heads briefly prevailed. Then when Ortiz ultimately flied out on a 3-0 count in a 10-3 game, Gregg began yelling at Ortiz, and the DH charged the mound, fists flying, while players from both sides emptied the benches and bullpens to meet again along the first-base line.
Barring any appeals, Gregg would have to start serving his penalty Thursday night against the Indians while Ortiz would start his when the Red Sox resume play following the All-Star break on Friday against the Rays.
O's reliever Mike Gonzalez was also suspended three games for throwing at Ortiz in the game between the two sides on Sunday while manager Buck Showalter received a one-game suspension for the same incident. Starting pitcher John Lackey was fined for throwing at Derrek Lee on Saturday while Jarrod Saltalamacchia was also fined for his role in the Friday brawl.
For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox .