Astros' Aneury Rodriguez banned three games for hitting batter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Houston Astros pitcher Aneury Rodriguez was suspended three games for intentionally throwing at Florida Marlins batter Gaby Sanchez, Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

The incident occurred in the top of the ninth inning of the Astros' 7-1 win on Sunday when Rodriguez hit Sanchez after a warning had been issued earlier in the game.

Rodriguez, who was supposed to begin serving his suspension on Tuesday, is appealing the ban and may play until there is a ruling on the appeal.

Astros manager Brad Mills was also hit with a one-game ban and an undisclosed fine because of Rodriguez's actions, while Marlins pitcher Edward Mujica was fined for throwing at Houston's Bill Hall in the seventh inning, which prompted the initial warning.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto, Editing by Frank Pingue)