On Easter Sunday, Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox were defeated by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by a score of 5-4. Ace Josh Beckett started the game for the Sox, but stirred up some controversy in the bottom of the first inning.
With Chone Figgins on second base and one out in the inning, Bobby Abreu stepped up to the plate. With a 1-2 count in the at-bat, Abreu called a late timeout. Time was granted, but Beckett pitched through anyway, and the pitch came very close to hitting Abreu in the face.
Following this, the benches cleared, and four Angels were ejected, though no Boston players were tossed out of the game. Center Fielder Torii Hunter (who had to be replaced in the game by Gary Matthews Jr.), Manager Mike Scioscia, Hitting Coach Mickey Hatcher, and Pitcher Justin Spieier were all thrown out. Abreu grounded out to shortstop in the at-bat, but later had a key 2-RBI single in the game.
Today, the MLB took disciplinary action on the players. Beckett, Hunter, Scioscia, Hatcher, and Speier were all given fines. Josh Beckett faces a six-game suspension as a result in addition, and Hatcher will be suspended for one game. Beckett may appeal to the suspension, but will miss his next start if he does not.