PIRATE CHARGES UMP: Kevin Young of the Pittsburgh Pirates had to be restrained by four players and coaches Saturday after charging umpire Brian Gibbons and apparently grazing Gibbons on the mouth with his hand.
If it is determined Young made contact with Gibbons during the ugly home plate argument, he will likely face a suspension lasting at least a week.Young became angry after taking a called third strike to end the first inning of the Astros-Pirates game. He began arguing as he walked away from home plate, then rushed the umpire and poked his hand at Gibbons' face.
As third base coach Jack Lind grabbed at Young's ankles, trying to pull him away, Young screamed and tried to charge Gibbons again. It finally took manager Gene Lamont, first base coach Joe Jones and several players to contain Young.
As Young screamed and gestured toward Gibbons, the umpire walked away from the plate, pointing to his mouth.
Young, the Pirates' top run producer with a .290 average, 21 homers and a career-high 76 RBIs, faced the possibility of becoming third Pirates' player within a month to be suspended.
YANKS PUT HOLMES ON DL: The New York Yankees placed right-handed reliever Darren Holmes on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a bulging disc in his back.
Holmes is 0-3 with a 4.05 ERA in 26 games covering 40 innings.
AGUILERA SIGNS EXTENSION: The Minnesota Twins signed relief pitcher Rick Aguilera to a one-year contract extension Saturday.
Terms were not disclosed.
Aguilera is 3-6 this season with a 4.25 ERA and 27 saves in 35 chances. He is 12th all-time with 262 saves, including a franchise-high 237 with Minnesota.
Aguilera, 36, began his career with the New York Mets' organization in 1983. He's been with the Twins since 1989 except for a few months in 1995 when he was with the Boston Red Sox.