Sunday, March 17, 2002

Baseball notebook

Spring brawl brings harsh penalties

The Associated Press

        NEW YORK — San Diego pitcher Bobby Jones, Anaheim infielder Scott Spiezio and Padres outfielder Ryan Klesko were penalized most in Bob Watson's first decisions as baseball's disciplinarian.

        Jones received a suspension for seven games, Spiezio six and Klesko five. Angels third baseman Troy Glaus was suspended for two games for their parts in brawls during a spring training game March9. The Angels' Aaron Sele, who hit Klesko with a pitch that triggered the first of the game's two fights, was fined but not suspended.

        All penalties are to be served in the regular season.

        “What we're trying to do is let them know this kind of behavior won't be condoned,” Watson said.

        San Diego outfielder Ron Gant and first baseman Phil Nevin were fined. Fine amounts were not disclosed.

        “I can't figure out the whole thing,” Nevin said. “Apparently, you can tell somebody you're going to drill them, then drill them, and that's OK. But if you try to defend yourself or a teammate, you get in trouble.”

        “It's a classic case of having people in charge who haven't played the game, or if they have played the game, they've forgotten what it's like to play the game.”

        Watson took over discipline last month when Frank Robinson left to manage Montreal.

        Jones, Spiezio and Klesko are to serve their suspensions from the start of the season and Glaus' penalty begins April 8. Penalties can be staggered if they involve players at similar positions on the same team.

        “We had two players not only protecting themselves, but their teammates, who end up getting the stiffest penalties,” Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. “We're disappointed.”' We're talking about decisions that ultimately could decide what happens with our season, with the divisional races. I just feel it was very one-sided.”

        San Diego plays its first nine games against Arizona and San Francisco, two National League West rivals. Anaheim's early schedule also includes games against American League West rivals Texas and Seattle.

        “Anytime you lose two starting position players, it's going to hurt the club, so from that standpoint, it's a disappointment,” Anaheim general manager Bill Stoneman said.

        There were six ejections in game at Tempe, Ariz. The first fight started when Sele hit Klesko in the back with a pitch with two outs in the top of the first, apparently the continuation of a feud that started June 17 last year when Sele pitched for Seattle.

        In the bottom of the first, Jones threw a pitch near Glaus' chin. The All-Star third baseman charged the mound and was tackled from behind by Padres catcher Adan Amezcua. Both benches emptied.


        First baseman J.T. Snow left Saturday's game against Milwaukee in the first inning after being hit by a pitch on his right elbow. He expects to miss several games.


        Tim Hudson's $6million option for 2005 was exercised. He went 18-9 with a 3.37 ERA last season.


        Rob Bell was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma. He was 5-5 with a 7.18 ERA last season.


        • Twins 5, Marlins 2 — Minnesota's Kyle Lohse threw four scoreless innings.

        • Blue Jays 14, Indians 4 — Toronto's Joe Lawrence had four RBI and Chris Carpenter threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Cleveland's Karim Garcia had three hits.

        • Red Sox (ss) 6, Rangers 5 — Boston's Frank Castillo gave up one run in four innings. Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam, but John Rocker gave up three runs for Texas.

        • Expos 5, Braves 1 — Jose Canseco hit a two-run homer for Montreal. John Smoltz pitched two scoreless innings for Atlanta.

        • Royals 14, Tigers 2 — Kansas City's Blake Stein allowed one run and five hits in five innings. Detroit's Shane Halter has hit safely in 12 of his 13 games.

        • Yankees (ss) 8, Red Sox (ss) 7 — New York's Orlando Hernandez allowed two runs and four hits in four innings. Rickey Henderson homered for Boston.

        • Cardinals 2, Orioles 1 (10) — William Ortega hit a run-scoring single for St. Louis off Kris Foster in the 10th inning.

        • Mets 8, Astros 0 — New York's Pedro Astacio gave up one hit in six innings.

        • Mariners 10, Padres 6 — Edgar Martinez doubled in the tiebreaking run and Bret Boone hit a two-run homer for Seattle.

        • Athletics (ss) 10, Angels (ss) 4 — Oakland's Scott Hatteberg hit two homers.

        • Phillies 9, Devils Rays 8 — Philadelphia's Terry Adams allowed four fifth-inning runs.

        • Yankees (ss) 10, Dodgers 8 — Los Angeles' Kazuhisa Ishii gave up consecutive homers to Bobby Estalella, Marcus Thames and Scott Seabol.

        • Diamondbacks 2, Rockies 1 — David Dellucci hit a sacrifice fly off Dennys Reyes in the ninth to win it for Arizona.

        • Giants 9, Brewers 8 — Cody Ransom singled with two outs in the ninth to win it for San Francisco.

        • Cubs 15, Angels (ss) 0 — Chicago's Darren Lewis went 3-for-5 with four RBI.


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