June 15, 2006

Johnson gets five games for throwing at Perez

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pitcher Randy Johnson of the New York
Yankees was suspended for five games by Major League Baseball
on Thursday for intentionally throwing at Eduardo Perez of the
Cleveland Indians in an American League game Wednesday night.

New York manager Joe Torre was also suspended as a result
of the incident, which occurred during the seventh inning of
the Yankees 6-1 win at Yankee Stadium after both teams had been

Johnson and Torre were also both fined undisclosed amounts.
The Yankees pitcher is expected to appeal his suspension while
there is no appeal process for Torre, who will serve his
suspension Friday when the Yankees play Washington in an
interleague game.

Johnson is expected to make his next start Monday in
Philadelphia before his appeal is heard.

Both teams were warned in the sixth inning of the game
after Cleveland pitcher Jason Johnson hit New York catcher
Jorge Posada with a pitch, leading to an exchange of words
between the two players.

In the next inning, Johnson threw way inside on his first
pitch to Perez. The Indians player pointed toward the mound,
both benches emptied but no punches were thrown.

(Writing by Roger Lajoie in Miami)