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Baseball Suspensions Lessened

March 29, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Baseball reduced suspensions by one game for San Diego’s Ryan Klesko and Anaheim’s Scott Spiezio for their roles in a spring-training brawl, and rescinded Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa’s one-game suspension for arguing with an umpire.

Bob DuPuy, baseball’s new chief operating officer, let stand Padres pitcher Bobby Jones’ seven-game suspension and Angels third baseman Troy Glaus’ two-game ban in his ruling Friday.

Klesko will have to sit out the first four games of the season and Spiezio will miss the first five for the Angels. Jones’ suspension also begins on opening day, while Glaus’ won’t start until April 7.

The original punishments were imposed by Bob Watson, baseball’s new disciplinarian, for the players’ role in a pair of brawls March 9.

The first fight began when Anaheim’s Aaron Sele hit Klesko in the back with a pitch with two outs in the top of the first, apparently the continuation of a feud that started last June 17 when Sele pitched for Seattle.

Klesko charged the mound, knocked Sele down and punched him, and was ejected.

In the bottom of the first, Jones threw a pitch near Glaus’ chin. The All-Star third baseman charged the mound and was tackled from behind by Padres catcher Adan Amezcua. Both benches emptied.

Klesko was in his street clothes when he jumped into the second brawl.

Bowa had been suspended one game and fined for ``his inappropriate conduct toward the umpires before and after his ejection″ during a spring training game March 9. DuPuy rescinded the suspension but increased Bowa’s fine. The amounts were not disclosed.

In the split-squad game against Cleveland, Bowa charged out of the dugout, was ejected within seconds and continued shouting for another 90 seconds in a face-to-face confrontation with first-base umpire Marty Foster

Later, Bowa admitted being upset umpires didn’t call strikes on a pair of checked swings on pitches by David Coggin.

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