The Washington Times - June 7, 2011, 04:56PM

SAN FRANCISCO — Major League Baseball has issued suspensions and fines to Nationals pitcher Jason Marquis, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Esmerling Vasquez and Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson after 10 batters were hit with pitches during this weekend’s series.

Marquis, who hit Justin Upton with a pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday in a one-run game, was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount. He’s appealing the suspension. Marquis, who hit Upton in a one-run game after Jayson Werth had been hit previously, tried to plead his case that the pitch was not intentional and told reporters after the game that he always has trouble controlling his sinker in Arizona. 


Vasquez, who subsequently hit Danny Espinosa with a pitch in the top of the eighth inning, was also suspended and fined. He is appealing his three-game suspension as well.

Riggleman and Gibson who, as the rule stipulates, were ejected along with their pitchers because warnings had already been issued to both benches, were both suspended one game and fined. They will both serve their suspensions tonight. Presumably bench coach John McLaren will manage the Nationals game against the Giants this evening. 

Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. is still awaiting the appeal of his one-game suspension for an ejection 11 days ago in which MLB alleged Hairston bumped home plate umpire Ed Hickox.

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