Baseball suspends Brendan Donnelly

June 17, 2005 at 7:00 PM
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NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball suspended Brendan Donnelly of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for 10 days Friday after an illegal substance was found in his glove.

The Angels' reliever had been finger-pointed by Washington Manager Frank Robinson in Tuesday's contest between the Angels and Nationals. Robinson asked umpires to check Donnelly's glove before he threw a pitch in the seventh inning.

Umpires found pine tar on the glove, violating rule 8.02b, which prohibits a pitcher from having a foreign substance on his person or equipment.

A bench-clearing brawl almost erupted after a shouting match between Robinson and Anaheim Manager Mike Scioscia. Both of them were hit with one-game suspensions.

No punches were thrown during the incident and Donnelly has appealed. The appeal will delay his punishment.

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