Héctor Neris of the Astros has been penalised four games by Major League Baseball for "intentionally throwing at Eugenio Suárez of the Mariners in the vicinity of the head while warnings were in effect."

In addition, he was penalised a sum that was not disclosed. Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle says that Neris is challenging the prohibition. While the appeal is pending, he'll be kept on the active roster.

Due to Neris' actions, Houston coach Dusty Baker received a one-game suspension and a fine of an unknown sum. Baker will miss tonight's game as a result of what is typical protocol in similar cases.

According to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, bench coach Joe Espada will take over as interim manager.

 Espada received a fine, as did teammates Omar López and Troy Snitker from Houston, as well as Seattle manager Scott Servais.

Last night's game saw benches clear after Neris hit Mariners infielder Ty France in the top of the ninth inning. While France appeared unconcerned about the pitch

the benches began to snarl following a disagreement over whether the pitch had actually hit him. The sides were cautioned and Servais and López were expelled.

Julio Rodrguez hit a two-run home run to follow the France hit-by-pitch. Neris hit Suárez with a fastball two batters later, and both Neris and Baker were dismissed by home plate umpire Chris Guccione.

The sanctions were imposed after MLB determined that the offer to Suárez was made with malice. The AL West rivals played their first game of a three-game series last night.