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Tigers' Porcello suspended for hitting Rays' Zobrist

Detroit’s Rick Porcello is suspended for hitting Ben Zobrist.

Detroit’s Rick Porcello is suspended for hitting Ben Zobrist.

HOUSTON — Tigers manager Jim Leyland was right.

Someone will have to "pay the price" for Rays closer Fernando Rodney throwing a fastball up and in, but not hitting, slugger Miguel Cabrera on Saturday night.

It'll be Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello, who was suspended six games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for intentionally plunking the Rays' Ben Zobrist with a pitch Sunday.

Zobrist was upset after the high and inside pitch in the first inning hit him on the hand, believing it was on purpose. Both benches were warned, but there were no ejections, and Zobrist thought there would be no further discipline. Porcello, who said the pitch just got away from him, plans to appeal. He was also fined.

"I was surprised, I didn't really expect anything to happen after that day," Zobrist said. "But after reviewing the event, I assume that (MLB) must have felt that some action needed to be taken."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, who had hoped the league would look into the "totally premeditated" and "absolutely uncalled for" pitch, said he was happy about "appropriate retribution."

"All that I gathered from it is that the process kind of works," Maddon said. "We appreciate the fact that MLB looked at it and took some action."

The Rays believed Porcello's pitch was retaliation for a fastball that Rodney whizzed high past Cabrera the night before. Cabrera ended up striking out and exchanged words with Rodney; Leyland said after the game that "somebody has to pay the price for that." Leyland declined comment Tuesday.

"These situations don't make you feel real good,' Zobrist said. "But, in hindsight, obviously it's good to know that the league is taking action on certain things like that, (which) are safety issues."

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