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Angels, Padres may draw suspensions

March 13, 2002

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— The Padres and Angels can expect one or more of their players to serve regular-season suspensions for their parts in two benches-clearing brawls, San Diego general manager Kevin Towers said.

Baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson met with Padres officials on Tuesday morning and watched video of Saturday's brawls.

"I got some indication from Watson today that there most likely will be a player or players from both sides who could serve some in-season suspensions," Towers said. "He didn't tell me who."

There were six ejections following the two brawls. Padres players Ryan Klesko, Phil Nevin and Bobby Jones were tossed, along with manager Bruce Bochy. Angels players Troy Glaus and Scott Spiezio were ejected.

The dustups started when Angels right-hander Aaron Sele hit Klesko with a pitch with two outs in the top of the first, apparently the continuation of a feud that started last year.

Klesko charged the mound and punched Sele to start the first brawl, and was ejected.

In the bottom of the first, Jones threw a pitch up and in on Glaus, who charged the mound, and both benches emptied.

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

Klesko, an All-Star last year, said he thought Sele's pitch was a holdover from a June 17 interleague game between the Padres and Seattle, Sele's team last season.

After being brushed back a few times in that at-bat, Klesko hit a three-run homer. Klesko said Nevin told him Sele was angered with the way Klesko trotted around the bases, and that he would hit Klesko if he faced him in the spring.

Sele denied trying to hit Klesko and called his explanation "a long theory." But he added, "If he thought I was throwing at him, he did the right thing."

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