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    TORONTO -- Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello was suspended six games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for throwing at Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays. Denzel Perryman Jersey . The right-hander said he will appeal the decision, which was announced before the Tigers played at Toronto. He also was fined an undisclosed amount. Porcello hit Zobrist with a high-inside pitch in the first inning Sunday. Both benches were warned, but Porcello was not ejected. Some thought the pitch was retaliation for an inside pitch by Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera the previous day. Cabrera ended up striking out, and exchanged words with Rodney on his way back to the dugout. Detroit manager Jim Leyland said after Saturdays game that "somebody has to pay the price for that." Leyland said Sunday that it was part of the game. "Nobodys trying to hit anybody," he said. But Zobrist thought otherwise. "I thought it was intentional, and obviously the league thought that as well," he said Tuesday in Houston before the Rays played the Astros. Zobrist was glad to see the commissioners office punish Porcello for a pitch he thought could be dangerous. "I was surprised, yeah. I didnt really expect anything to happen after that day," he said. "After reviewing, I assume, they must have felt some action needed to be taken." Leyland declined comment on Porcellos suspension or the decision to appeal. But Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon had plenty to say about it. "The process works," Maddon said. "Went through the proper channels and I think the appropriate retribution was doled out. We appreciate the fact that MLB looked at it and took some action. They made a decision. I think they made the right one." Porcello, who is 4-6 with a 5.21 ERA, is available to pitch until the appeal is heard. His next start is scheduled for Friday at Cleveland. 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PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As the Tampa Bay Rays return home from a 2-4 road trip at the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees, their three-game series with the San Diego Padres brings a reunion with former Rays player Wil Myers.Myers won the American League Rookie of the Year with Tampa Bay in 2013 but saw his numbers drop considerably in 2014, hitting .222 after .293 as a rookie. He was traded to San Diego in a three-team deal that brought outfielder Steven Souza to Tampa Bay.Myers, 25, is just now showing the form that the Rays had hoped for when they acquired him from the Royals, but he said he has no ill will toward his former team.When I was in Tampa, I was young and dumb, Myers told the Padres official site this week. I did a lot of things that werent great, as far as just being a big-leaguer. Ive really felt like Ive grown as a big-leaguer, grown as a teammate. Thats one thing I wish that I couldve given Tampa.Tampa Bay has gotten middling results from Souza, 27, who has raised his average to .244 this season with 11 home runs and 37 RBI. While his average is 19 points higher than last season, his on-base percentage has dropped by 20, with his walks cut in half while he continues to struggle with a high strikeout rate.Both teams come in after going 2-4 on road swings -- the Rays are now home for 10 straight and the Padres are wrapping up their road trip in Florida. San Dieggo saw Mets pitcher Steven Matz take a no-hitter into the eighth inning Sunday on the way to a 5-1 Mets win, and the Rays bounced back to close a series at the Yankees with a 12-3 win. Joey Bosa Jersey. Third baseman Evan Longoria continues to wield a hot bat, with three hits and four RBI to spark a game in which all nine Rays starters had hits and scored.We had a nice offensive approach and it was nice to see, said Rays manager Kevin Cash, whose team had 21 runs in two wins last week and 15 in four losses. (Longoria) has been outstanding. His at-bats, his approach, everything he does. Hes a guy you want when guys are on base. Right now, hes seeing everything really well.Tampa Bay (47-69) has found surprising consistency since the All-Star break from Drew Smyly, now 4-11 after two wins in his last three starts. He has thrown four straight quality starts, allowing exactly two earned runs in each of his last three.San Diego (50-67) has a far less proven arm on the mound in rookie right-hander Luis Perdomo, who is 5-6 but carries a 6.80 ERA, having shown inconsistent results in his time as a reliever and starter this season. 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