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Astros hitting coach Cintrón receives 20-game suspension, Laureano six

Álex Cintrón’s suspension is the longest for an on-field transgression in 15 years.
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Athletics' Ramon Laureano is restrained by Astros catcher Dustin Garneau after Laureano charged the dugout after being hit by a pitch.

OAKLAND, Calif — Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón has received a 20-game suspension and a fine for his role in a benches-clearing brawl at Oakland.

Cintrón’s suspension is the longest for an on-field transgression in 15 years, since Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers received 20 games for his altercation with two cameramen in 2005.

In addition, Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was given a six-game suspension and a fine.

Cintrón released the following statement on his suspension:

“I accept MLB’s suspension and will learn from this. Although I never referenced Ramon’s mother, my actions were inappropriate. I apologize for my part in Sunday’s unfortunate incident. As coaches, we are held to a higher standard and should be an example to the players. Hopefully, other coaches will learn from my mistake so that this never happens again in the future.”