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Astros hitting coach faces 20-game suspension for his role in incident with Oakland

Alex Cintron
(Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Houston Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron faces a 20-game suspension and a fine for his role in a benches-clearing brawl at Oakland, a person with direct knowledge of the punishment said Tuesday.

In addition, Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano will receive a six-game suspension and a fine, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because Major League Baseball hadn’t made a formal announcement and was still finalizing the details.

Laureano was hit by a pitch — for the third time in the series and second time that afternoon — from Humberto Castellanos with one out in the seventh inning of Oakland’s 7-2 victory Sunday. He began exchanging words with a gesturing Cintron, then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward Cintron.

Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A’s outfielder got to the hitting coach. Laureano is a former Astros player and the rival clubs have been the top two in the AL West the past two years. A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, another former Houston player, revealed the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme to the Athletic in November.


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