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04/29/2005 12:58 PM ET
Eight members of Red Sox, Devil Rays disciplined for on-field incidents
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Eight members of the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Devil Rays were suspended and/or fined for their participation in on-field incidents during their game on Sunday, April 24, 2005 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

"The Office of the Commissioner is deeply concerned about the continuing on-field altercations between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Devil Rays," Watson said. "These altercations are directly contrary to the requirement that all Major League Players conform to high standards of personal conduct, fair play and good sportsmanship. As a result, the Office of the Commissioner will not tolerate any continued on-field misconduct between these two Clubs." The following discipline was announced:

• Both Boston manager Terry Francona and Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella have been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for the inappropriate actions of their Clubs during the game.

• Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyo has been suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at a batter during the bottom of the seventh inning after warnings had been issued earlier in the inning.

• Tampa Bay pitcher Dewon Brazelton has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his aggressive actions in the bench-clearing incident during the top of the seventh inning.

• Tampa Bay pitcher Lance Carter has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at batters during the top of the seventh inning.

• Boston outfielder Trot Nixon has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for his aggressive actions in the bench-clearing incident during the top of the seventh inning.

• Boston designated hitter David Ortiz has been fined an undisclosed amount for his aggressive actions during the top of the seventh inning.

• Tampa Bay outfielder Chris Singleton has been fined an undisclosed amount for his aggressive actions during the bottom of the seventh inning.

Unless appealed, all suspensions are scheduled to begin tonight. If appealed, suspensions will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

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