Pirates minor leaguer suspended for confrontation with fans

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Pirates minor leaguer Jerry Sands was suspended one game for entering the stands during a confrontation with fans in Toledo.

The Toledo Blade reported Wednesday that a fan was throwing peanuts and heckling Brandon Inge, who is on a rehab assignment with Class AAA Indianapolis and spent a lot of his career playing for the Detroit Tigers. The Toledo Mud Hens are the Tigers' Class AAA affiliate.

"Last night in Toledo, there was a verbal dispute between a fan and Jerry Sands, during which Jerry briefly entered into the stands," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "The situation was quickly resolved without further incident as the fan was ejected for his actions."

According to the Blade, a handful of teammates came to Inge's defense. Felix Pie had to be restrained from going into the stands, Indians radio broadcaster Will Fleming reported on Twitter, and the Pirates said Sands actually entered the stands.

Fleming also reported fans throwing beer on some of the Indians' players.

"We do not condone Jerry's actions," Huntington said, "and support the league's decision to suspend him for one game."

The Pirates acquired Sands, 25, as part of the Joel Hanrahan trade with the Boston Red Sox. Inge was signed to a minor league deal this offseason but will join the Pirates at the end of his rehab assignment, and Pie is playing on a minor league deal.

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