MLB punishes Cubs, Padres for brawl at Wrigley
Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee and Padres pitcher Chris Young were suspended five games each and fined undisclosed amounts on Monday for their Saturday fight which set off a a benches-clearing skirmish between the teams at Wrigley Field.
Also Monday, Philadelphia third-base coach Steve Smith was suspended for three games and catcher Carlos Ruiz for one following an argument in Sunday's game against Detroit. The players' union appealed Ruiz's suspension, meaning it can't start until after the case is heard and decided.
Chicago and San Diego were off Monday, giving Lee time to decide whether to contest the discipline.
Young hit Lee in the back of the upper left arm with the pitch, knocking him to the ground. Lee got up, walked by Young on the way to first, then said something to the 6-foot-10, 260-pound right-hander.
After the pitcher apparently responded, Lee threw a punch that didn't land. Young tried to throw a punch back that missed. Then he and Lee tried to connect at the same time.
By that time both benches had emptied, resulting in pushing, shoving and holding in a scrum as several players fell to the ground before order was restored.
During Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Smith, Ruiz and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel were ejected by plate umpire Bill Welke. Manuel got angry Welke didn't consult with first-base ump Laz Diaz on a check swing call.
Smith sprinted out of the dugout and had to be restrained by Manuel.
Ruiz was in the starting lineup and batting ninth as the Phillies opened a three-game series in Cleveland. Bench coach Jimy Williams, who last managed with Houston in 2003, is expected to replace Smith at third for the entire series.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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