By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – After Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Fernando Rodney put a high fastball near Miguel Cabrera’s head Sunday, Detroit Tigers manager responded by saying, “There’s no free lunch.”
The implication seemed to be that the Tigers would not let the Rays’ dangerous toss go unpunished.
Now Detroit is being punished for what looked like – and quite possibly was – the retaliation.
Danny Knobler of CBS tweeted that Rick Porcello has been suspended for six games for plunking Ben Zobrist in what was apparently a response to Cabrera’s being thrown at.
MLB announces 6-game suspension for Porcello for throwing at Zobrist.
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 2, 2013
Porcello received a similar suspension in 2009, as a 20-year-old, when the league sat him down for five games for intentionally throwing at Victor Martinez (now Porcello’s teammate but then with the Boston Red Sox) and throwing at and hitting Kevin Youkilis, who charged the mound.