Baseball: Pirates pitcher issued six-game suspension

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jonathan Sanchez was issued a six-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Saturday after hitting a rival batter.

Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's vice president of baseball operations, said Sanchez intentionally threw a pitch that hit Allen Craig of the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of a game on Friday.

Sanchez will appeal the punishment, meaning he will not miss a game for the National League squad until the appeal process in complete. That put him in the bullpen for the Pirates for weekend games against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Sanchez was ejected by home plate umpire Tim Timmons after his first pitch to Craig struck the batter on his left shoulder. Sanchez began by surrendering home runs to Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran plus a single to Matt Holliday.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was ejected after an ensuing argument with the umpire.