DETROIT (AP) - Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter was suspended for three games and fined Friday for throwing a ball at Cleveland's Danys Baez.
Hunter decided not to challenge the penalty and will start serving the suspension, imposed by baseball vice president Bob Watson, on Saturday.
Angry that he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of Minnesota's 8-5 win Wednesday, Hunter pushed past third-base coach Al Newman and catcher Einar Diaz to get to the ball. The All-Star then fired it directly at Baez. The ball deflected off his glove and hit Baez on a leg.
Hunter was ejected by plate umpire Ted Barrett. Both benches and bullpens emptied and the umpiring crew met with both managers before play resumed.
In the second inning, Baez had hit A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch. Baez went to the Minnesota clubhouse after the game, and the two talked over their differences.
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