Reports: Alex Cintron gets 20 games, Ramon Laureano 6


OAKLAND, Calif .– Houston Astros coach Álex Cintrón has been suspended for 20 games and fined for his role in a bench clearance brawl in Oakland, Major League Baseball reported on Tuesday.Cintrón’s suspension is the longest for a transgression on the field in 15 years, since Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers was awarded 20 games for his altercation with two cameramen in 2005.

In addition, track outfielder Ramon Laureano was suspended six games and fined. He is appealing the punishment, a person with first-hand knowledge of the process said on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity as this was not made public.

Laureano was hit by a field from Humberto Castellanos with a strikeout in the seventh inning of Oakland’s 7-2 win on Sunday. He started exchanging words with a gesturing Cintrón then left first base, threw off his batting helmet, and began to sprint towards Cintrón.

Catch Astros Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A’s outfielder reached the hitting coach. Laureano is a former Astros player and the rival clubs have been AL West’s first two for the past two years. Pitcher of A Mike Proud, another former Houston player, exposed the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in November to The Athletic.


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