AL SUSPENSIONS: Managers Terry Collins of Anaheim and Tony Muser of Kansas City were each suspended Friday for eight games for their teams' bench-clearing brawls and bean balls earlier this week.
In addition, nine players were suspended for a total of 22 games and fined $7,500. Under baseball's rules, the players will be paid during any suspensions.The two managers and the players will begin their suspensions on June 12. However, only one player per team will sit out at a time. Players have until Monday to appeal the discipline, the players' association said.
Anaheim won 7-5 in a game that included two brawls and 12 ejections following a series of hit batters.
The problems started in the top of the seventh when Anaheim's Phil Nevin was hit in the back by Kansas City pitcher Jim Pittsley. Nevin, who was also hit in his previous at-bat by Chris Haney, charged the mound and tried to tackle Pittsley, but the pitcher wrestled Nevin down and appeared to throw some punches.
Both benches emptied, but apparently no other players threw punches. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Anaheim's Rich DeLucia hit Kansas City's Dean Palmer with the first pitch.
Kansas City pitcher Scott Service hit Darin Erstad with a pitch in the top of the ninth, and in the bottom of the inning, another brawl began after the Angels' Mike Holtz hit Jose Offerman with a pitch.
Anaheim pitcher Jack McDowell, who played a prominent part in the first brawl, was suspended for four games; Nevin for three; DeLucia, Holtz, Pittsley and Service for two; and Anaheim's Frank Bolick and Damon Mashore for one game each.
Kansas City's Felix Martinez, sent to the minors after the brawl, got a five-game suspension. Martinez and Bolick, who also was sent down, will serve their suspensions after they are recalled, and McDowell will serve his when he comes off the disabled list.