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Mesa suspended four games; Morris, Righetti fined

NEW YORK -- Colorado Rockies pitcher Jose Mesa was suspended four games by Major League Baseball on Friday for intentionally throwing at San Francisco shortstop Omar Vizquel.

Mesa appealed the suspension and was available for this
weekend's series against the Florida Marlins. He threw at Vizquel's
head during the eighth inning of last Saturday's game at Denver.

Mesa has vowed never to forget Vizquel's ripping him in his 2002
autobiography. The two played together in Cleveland from 1992-98
but their friendship ended when Vizquel criticized Mesa for blowing
the save in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series against Florida.

Vizquel said the suspension should send a message to Mesa.

"I think it's kind of stupid he still thinks about that,"
Vizquel said Friday before the Giants hosted the
Arizona Diamondbacks. "It's something that happened a long time ago. He's
still acting like a kid. Whatever he wants to do next, that's OK, I
guess. What is said is said, what happened happened. He hit me, no
big deal. It's part of baseball."

Giants pitcher Matt Morris and pitching coach Dave Righetti were
fined undisclosed amounts for their actions during a game the
following day.

Morris was fined for intentionally throwing at Colorado's Matt
Holliday in the first inning. The right-hander was ejected after
throwing only eight pitches and plunking two of the five batters he
faced.

Righetti was fined for throwing his pitch counter onto the field
and yelling at umpire Travis Reininger after being ejected.

Morris, who hadn't yet heard how much he was fined, planned to
pay Righetti's amount as well.

"I'm happy not to be suspended," Morris said. "It could have
been an easy suspension. I didn't want to miss time. ... I guess
they realized the situation and what had happened in the past and
made a decision that was fair for everybody."

Giants manager Felipe Alou and Rockies skipper Clint Hurdle
avoided any penalties, as Alou expected.

The 70-year-old Alou has expressed his frustration that the
umpire crew at Colorado on Sunday apparently wasn't aware of Mesa's
beef with Vizquel and that led to uniformed actions. Alou thought
Mesa should have been strongly warmed or ejected right away and
discussed the situation with plate umpire Jeff Nelson, who told
Alou he wasn't aware of the two players' history.

"It was really obvious what went on to the players and
managers," Alou said. "I hope what is being done will stop what
was going on and also stop any possibility of further problems. I
certainly hope this will be the end of it."