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Major League Baseball is reviewing Clayton Kershaw incident

September 15, 2011 |  3:36 pm

Major League Baseball is expected to decide by Friday whether to discipline Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw for throwing at the Arizona Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra on Wednesday night.

A league spokesman said the incident remains under review. Disciplinary decisions are made by Joe Garagiola Jr., the senior vice president for standards and on-field operations.

Overseeing Garagiola? Former Dodgers manager Joe Torre, the head of the league's baseball operations department.

Parra took offense to a pitch near his head from Hong-Chih Kuo on Tuesday night, then stood and admired a home run he hit later in the at-bat. The gesture drew the ire of the Dodgers, and Kershaw shouted at Parra from the dugout.

Parra doubled in his first at-bat against Kershaw on Wednesday, and when Parra led off the sixth inning, Kershaw hit Parra, who bats left-handed, with a pitch on the right arm.

Kershaw was immediately ejected.

Kershaw said he was protecting the inside part of the plate, but umpire crew chief Tim Tschida felt the pitch was intentional.

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks were not warned by the umpires before Wednesday's game, but Torre called Mattingly to tell him the commissioner's office would be closely monitoring the game.


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Photo: Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, far left, Manager Don Mattingly, second from left, and catcher Rod Barajas argue with home plate umpire Bill Welke after he ejected Kershaw from Wednesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images