Indians outfielder Albert Belle was suspended for one week Monday by American League president Bobby Brown for intentionally hitting a spectator with a baseball.

Belle immediately appealed, and his lawyer contended the suspension was excessive."I regret that I lost my spirituality for an instance," Belle said.

Belle threw a ball at spectator Jeff Pillar of Cleveland during the seventh inning of Saturday's game against California, after Pillar heckled him about his problems with alcoholism. Belle spent 10 weeks in a rehabilitation program at the Cleveland Clinic last summer.