Jun 30, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) reacts as he walks to first after he was hit by a pitch from Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello (not pictured) and umpire Vic Carapazza (85) points as he warns the managers during the first inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers’ Rick Porcello Suspended Six Games For Plunking Ben Zobrist


According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, Major League Baseball has decided to suspend Rick Porcello for six games for hitting Ben Zobrist with a pitch.

Porcello plunked Zobrist as “retaliation” for a head-high fastball that Fernando Rodney delievered to Miguel Cabrera the night before.

Rick Porcello and the Detroit Tigers will surely file an appeal which would delay the suspension for a time. It’s possible that — if the Tigers play their cards right and depending on the timing of the appeal process — they could drop the appeal just before the All-Star Break and use the days off to simply reshuffle their pitching order, effectively eliminating effect the suspension. They would need a decision on the appeal to be held up for at least nine more days in order for this strategy to work.

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