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Astros, A's empty benches in Oakland after HBP

Field Level Media
10 Aug 2020, 09:40 GMT+10

Discipline could be coming after the Houston Astros and Oakland A's took part in a benches-clearing incident Sunday afternoon.

The skirmish, which involved dozens of players not wearing masks, started after A's hitter Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch from Astros right-hander Humberto Castellanos. It was the second time Laureano was hit in the game. Laureano exchanged words with Castellanos as he walked down the first-base line.

The Astros' dugout also had words for Laureano, who appeared to take exception to something said by Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron. The A's player charged toward Cintron and set off the ugliest incident yet during a season in which all teams have been told to keep their distance, with several players going to the ground.

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly already has drawn an eight-game suspension this season for allegedly throwing at Astros hitters. But unlike in Sunday's incident with the A's, the Astros did not engage in any physical confrontation with the Dodgers -- though benches did empty in Houston.

Laureano, 26, entered the day hitting .288 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 15 games.

Cintron is in his third season as the Astros' hitting coach. He hit .275 with 33 homers and 222 RBIs over parts of nine seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals from 2001-09.

--Field Level Media

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