Red Sox slugger Ortiz appeals 4-game suspension



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is appealing the four-game suspension he received for his part in Boston’s bench-clearing brawl with the Baltimore Orioles last week.

He was in the lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night as the designated hitter.

Ortiz was suspended Thursday, along with Orioles pitchers Kevin Gregg and Mike Gonzalez and Baltimore manager Buck Showalter.

Gregg and Gonzalez said Thursday they would appeal their suspensions that followed the fight on July 8. The Red Sox didn’t play Thursday, and Boston manager Terry Francona said Ortiz was excused from the team’s workout in Florida to give him an extra day to recover from the All-Star game.