Roger Clemens appealed his five-game suspension and $10,000 fine to commissioner Fay Vincent, clearing the way for the two-time Cy Young Award winner to pitch Boston's season opener on Monday at Toronto.

Clemens was given the penalty for his actions in Game 4 of the American League playoffs. Umpire Terry Cooney ejected Clemens, claiming the pitcher uttered profanities, and Clemens charged Cooney and umpire Jim Evans.The penalty was upheld Tuesday by AL president Bobby Brown, who handed down the suspension in November. Any penalties against Clemens will not take effect until after Vincent's ruling. No hearing date has yet been scheduled before the commissioner.