Coach banned for 20 games
Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron received a 20-game suspension and a fine and Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano a sixgame suspension and a fine for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl Sunday in Oakland, California, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.
Cintron’s suspension is the longest for an on-field transgression since Rangers lefthander Kenny Rogers received 20 games for his altercation with two cameramen in 2005.
‘‘I accept MLB’s suspension and will learn from this,’’ Cintron said in a statement. ‘‘ . . . I apologize for my part in Sunday’s unfortunate incident. As coaches, we are held to a higher standard and should be an example to the players.’’
Laureano, who MLB confirmed is appealing his suspension, was hit by a pitch from the Astros’ Humberto Castellanos in the seventh inning Sunday. He began exchanging words with Cintron, then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward Cintron, whom he alleged made vile comments about his mother. Cintron denied saying anything about Laureano’s mother.
Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano, and both benches emptied.
Indians put COVID violators on restricted list
The Indians put right-handers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac on the restricted list after they broke team rules by leaving their hotel last weekend and risked exposure to the coronavirus.
Clevinger and Plesac went out with a group of people after the Indians’ victory Saturday against the White Sox in Chicago. The team has a code of conduct for players to follow on the road, forbidding them from socializing outside of team staff.
The Indians immediately sent Plesac home in a car service after learning of his violation, but they weren’t aware Clevinger had been with him until after he had flown back to Cleveland with his teammates, coaches and other personnel. Both pitchers are in quarantine.
Jays win ‘home’ opener in 10 innings
Travis Shaw singled home the winning run with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to lift the Blue Jays past the Marlins 5-4 in their ‘‘home’’ opener in Buffalo, New York. It was the first time in 14 games this season the Blue Jays were the host team.
The Canadian government didn’t allow the Blue Jays to play at Rogers Center this season, fearful of opponents from the United States traveling into the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. Buffalo is the home of their Class AAA team.