Pratt, Gonzalez suspended, fined

Updated: April 28, 2004, 8:05 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Florida Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez and Philadelphia Phillies catcher Todd Pratt each drew three-game suspensions Wednesday for a brawl last week.

Alez Gonzalez
Gonzalez

Todd Pratt
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Gonzalez and Pratt both appealed and will not serve the penalties until hearings are held. Gonzalez was informed about his suspension before an afternoon game at Colorado, then homered in a 9-4 win.

"It's ridiculous. Three games, that's too much. I called my agent and said to try to reduce that," Gonzalez said.

Pratt was not in the lineup Wednesday night at St. Louis, but will start Thursday against the Cardinals, manager Larry Bowa said.

Pratt, Gonzalez, Florida pitcher Carl Pavano and Philadelphia third baseman David Bell were fined undisclosed amounts.

All four players were disciplined by Bob Watson, major league baseball's vice president for on-field operations, for the brawl that took place in Philadelphia last Thursday.

"I don't feel I need to comment on it," Pavano said.

Gonzalez and Pratt were punished for "fighting, inciting a bench-clearing incident and ... actions during the bench-clearing incident."

"Do I like it? No, I don't like anything," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "Any time you lose a player, you don't like it."

Pratt and Gonzalez were ejected after they tangled in the second inning.

After Mike Redmond homered off Brett Myers, the next pitch to Gonzalez was high and inside. Gonzalez took a step toward the mound and pointed at Myers.

Pratt quickly stepped in and exchanged words with Gonzalez. Pratt then threw a right cross at Gonzalez after he swatted his hand at Pratt.

Both benches cleared as Pratt, in a boxing stance, threw several punches.

"He raised his hands, he hit me twice," Pratt said Wednesday night. "I'm sure I'll have to fill out the days but I'm going to plead my case."

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