- Associated Press - Thursday, July 22, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer were all suspended Wednesday as a result of incidents in the team’s loss to the San Francisco Giants that caused debate about the rules.

Bob Watson, vice president in charge of discipline, rules and on-field operations for Major League Baseball, announced the discipline, which included undisclosed fines for all three.

Kershaw was handed a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand in the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game, which the Dodgers lost 7-5, their sixth straight defeat.

Kershaw has appealed, so he’ll be allowed to play until the process is complete.

“I’m not going to say anything,” he said, smiling.

Torre received a one-game suspension for Kershaw’s actions after plate umpire Adrian Johnson issued a warning to both benches in the fifth inning.

Torre served his suspension Wednesday night in the series finale, with hitting coach Don Mattingly taking over as manager. Torre said he planned to watch the game with general manager Ned Colletti.

“Hopefully, last night was about as bad as it can get,” Torre said.

Schaefer got a one-game suspension for his actions, which included coming onto the field in the sixth inning. He will serve his suspension Thursday night, when the Dodgers open a four-game series against the New York Mets.

All three were ejected during the game.

Mattingly, who had to take over after the separate ejections of Torre and Schaefer, went to the mound for a ninth-inning chat with All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton before Andres Torres came up. Mattingly took a few steps off the dirt toward the dugout before turning around and advising first baseman James Loney what depth to play.

Rule 8.06 (d) states a manager or coach is considered to have concluded his visit to the mound when he leaves the 18-foot circle surrounding the pitcher’s rubber.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy protested that Mattingly’s about-face constituted a double trip to the mound. The umpires huddled and agreed, and Broxton had to leave the game.

“It’s not the first mistake I’ve made and it’s not going to be the last, but I look at it like it’s the last time I’m making that mistake,” said Mattingly, adding that he didn’t realize he had stepped too far off the mound until Johnson yelled, “No, no, no” at him.

Bochy knew the rule.

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