Astros and A's Get Suspensions

A’s Ramón Laureano on Alex Cintrón ‘I regret charging him because he’s a loser

As MLB weighs its disciplinary decision following Sunday's brawl between the A's Ramon Laureano and Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron, Laureano offered his side of the story to reporters on Monday.

Laureano appealed his suspension and was able to play Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Laureano said that Cintron uttered an expletive at him, and then claimed the Astros hitting coach "said in Spanish something you don't say about my mother".

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. As Laureano stood on first base, the 41-year-old Cintron began shouting at him from the dugout, which led to the fight breaking out.

Moments later a wild scene ensured as players rushed out of both dugouts to join the fray.

"I accept MLB's suspension and will learn from this", Cintron wrote in a statement. [A suspension] is understandable, but I hope it's not that many games. "Although I never referenced Ramon's mother, my actions were inappropriate".

Cintron, who spent nine Major League Baseball seasons as an infielder, hid behind his players when Laureano came at him.

Laureano, 26, has started all 17 of the A's games this season, and he is hitting.263/.405/.491 with three homers and 10 RBIs.

Of course, Laureano is not completely innocent in all this, but coaches should be held to a much higher standard than players.

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