Beckett suspended for 6 games by MLB

NEW YORK (AP) " Boston pitcher Josh Beckett has been suspended for six games and fined by Major League Baseball, which determined he intentionally threw a pitch near the head of the Los Angeles Angels' Bobby Abreu last week.

Beckett also was cited for "aggressive actions" after the pitch that led to the benches clearing Sunday, according to Bob Watson, vice president for discipline in the commissioner's office.

Beckett appealed, delaying any penalties until after a hearing.

Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was suspended for one game and fined, and he served the penalty Tuesday night at Seattle. In addition, Watson fined Angels manager Mike Scioscia and players Torii Hunter and Justin Speier.

Hatcher was unhappy he was suspended for what he said was merely yelling at the umpires.

"I think it's brutal," Hatcher said. "I've been in a lot of brawls and never been thrown out. Nobody should have been thrown out " except one person (Beckett). There were no punches, just a lot of words being said."

Scioscia was pleased with the outcome.

"It makes us feel good that Major League Baseball really supported our position, especially since we were somehow portrayed as the aggressors in that," Scioscia said. "I think upon review, Major League Baseball determined Beckett's actions prompted this by approaching Bobby Abreu and shaking his finger at him. We didn't retaliate, and I think Major League Baseball appreciates that."

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