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Pirates' Jonathan Sanchez slapped with six-game suspension

April 27, 2013 at 4:18 PM

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jonathan Sanchez has been slapped with a six-game suspension after intentionally throwing at a batter, MLB announced Saturday.

The incident happened in the first inning of Friday's Pittsburgh 9-1 loss to St. Louis, during which Sanchez fired a pitch at Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig.

The 30-year-old hurler was also fined an undisclosed amount.

He has elected to appeal the suspension, meaning he remained on the Pirates' roster Saturday.

Sanchez has gone 0-3 with a 12.71 ERA in four starts this season.

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