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Astros’ Héctor Neris, Dusty Baker suspended for flap with Mariners

Jun 7, 2022, 4:53 PM
HOUSTON, TEXAS - JUNE 06: Hector Neris #50 of the Houston Astros is ejected by umpire Chris Guccione #68 in the ninth inning for throwing at the head of  Eugenio Suarez #28 of the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on June 06, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) 
              Houston Astros relief pitcher Hector Neris, middle, protests his ejection with umpires Chris Guccione, left, and Jordan Baker, right, after Neris threw at the head of Seattle Mariners batter Eugenio Suarez during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 6, 2022, in Houston. Neris was ejected from the game for the pitch, which happened on the next batter after Neris hit Seattle Mariners' Ty France, causing both dugouts to empty with ejections on both teams. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
            
              Houston Astros relief pitcher Hector Neris, reacts on the mound after being ejected for throwing at the head of Seattle Mariners batter Eugenio Suarez during the ninth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 6, 2022, in Houston. The ejection happened on the next batter after Neris hit Seattle Mariners' Ty France, causing both dugouts to empty with ejections on both teams. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros pitcher Héctor Neris was suspended four games and Houston manager Dusty Baker was banned one game by Major League Baseball after both were ejected from a game Monday night against the Mariners in which Neris plunked one hitter and nearly hit another in the head.

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Neris and Baker were also fined undisclosed amounts, MLB Senior Vice President for On-field Operations Michael Hill announced Tuesday. Astros coaches Joe Espada, Omar López and Troy Snitker were also fined, as was Mariners manager Scott Servais.

Neris is appealing his suspension and remained active for Houston’s game against Seattle on Tuesday night. Baker planned to serve his suspension, with Espada managing Tuesday’s game.

In the ninth inning Monday, Neris hit Ty France with a pitch that nearly went all the way behind the right-handed hitter. Servais began shouting from the bench, then led his team onto the field to confront Houston near home plate. Servais and Baker pushed and shoved, while Servais pointed repeatedly at López, the Astros’ first base coach. Both Servais and López were ejected following the fracas.

Umpires warned both teams after the melee. Neris then threw a pitch behind the head of Eugenio Suárez, leading to automatic ejections for Neris and Baker.

Baker denied that Neris intentionally threw at either player.

“The pitch behind France, in a one-run game you’re not going to put anybody on, nobody is throwing at him,” Baker said late Monday. “We don’t do that anyway. It was a series of bad events and I don’t want to talk about it too much more because I’m already kind of (upset).”

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