Coach banned for 20 games

Chicago Sun-Times - - BY THE NUMBERS -

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.

Alex Cin­tron

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