Oakland Athletics striker Ramon Laureano has been suspended for 6 games and Houston Astros striker Alex Cintron has been suspended for 20 games for his role in Sunday’s bench-clearing incident between teams, according to ESPN and reports. numerous.
After being hit from a field for the third time in a row and the second time in the game, Laureano leaned towards Astros Humberto Castellanos’s bench as if to properly catch a slider, prompting a response from the Astros bench. Laureano said Cintron uttered an explanation to him, who turned to Laureano. Then, Laureano told ESPN, Cintron “said in Spanish something you did not say about my mother.”
After exchanging words, Cintron, as shown in the repetitions, came out of the first base box and called for Laureano to come to him. Laureano ran towards Cintron, who was left behind by the Astros players while Laureano was untied and the bench for both teams was emptied.
Through an Astros employee, Cintron denied talking about Laureano’s mother. He declined to elaborate on what he said.
Laureano, 26, said he wishes he had chosen not to run towards the Astro pit and spend his time in Cintron. “I regretfully accused him because he is a loser,” Laureano told ESPN on Monday. “[A suspension] is understandable, but hopefully not so many matches.
“At the end of the day, I’m here to win a world series with Oakland Athletics – this great group of boys. I do not want to be a distraction. Obviously, I’m now. Hey, ‘I’ve already moved. I’m moving. “face Julio Tehran today, and that’s all I’m thinking about now.”
ESPN’s Jeff Passan contributed to this report.