MLB suspends Pirates' Sanchez for six games after beaning

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ST. LOUIS -- Major League Baseball has suspended Pirates pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for six games and fined him an undisclosed amount for throwing at Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig on Friday.

Sanchez is appealing the suspension and will be eligible to play until the conclusion of the appeals process.

Home plate umpire Tim Timmons said after the game he believed Sanchez intentionally threw at Craig with a fastball that thumped him on the left shoulder, just below his helmet. The league automatically reviews all incidents when an umpire believes such a throw was intentional.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle spoke with Joe Torre, the league's executive vice president of operations, Saturday morning.

"I shared with him my thoughts, and he shared his with me," Hurdle said before the league's announcement. "One of the beautiful things with this game is many times people can agree to disagree on topics and move on."

Sanchez said after the game he did not intentionally throw at Craig, and Hurdle said he believed Sanchez.

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