Pratt, Gonzalez suspended, fined

NEW YORK -- Florida Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez and
Philadelphia Phillies catcher Todd Pratt each drew three-game
suspensions Wednesday for a brawl last week.

Gonzalez and Pratt both appealed and will not serve the
penalties until hearings are held. Gonzalez was informed about his
suspension before an afternoon game at Colorado, then homered in a
9-4 win.

"It's ridiculous. Three games, that's too much. I called my
agent and said to try to reduce that," Gonzalez said.

Pratt was not in the lineup Wednesday night at St. Louis, but
will start Thursday against the Cardinals, manager Larry Bowa said.

Pratt, Gonzalez, Florida pitcher Carl Pavano and Philadelphia
third baseman David Bell were fined undisclosed amounts.

All four players were disciplined by Bob Watson, major league
baseball's vice president for on-field operations, for the brawl
that took place in Philadelphia last Thursday.

"I don't feel I need to comment on it," Pavano said.

Gonzalez and Pratt were punished for "fighting, inciting a
bench-clearing incident and ... actions during the bench-clearing

"Do I like it? No, I don't like anything," Marlins manager
Jack McKeon said. "Any time you lose a player, you don't like

Pratt and Gonzalez were ejected after they tangled in the second

After Mike Redmond homered off Brett Myers, the next pitch to
Gonzalez was high and inside. Gonzalez took a step toward the mound
and pointed at Myers.

Pratt quickly stepped in and exchanged words with Gonzalez.
Pratt then threw a right cross at Gonzalez after he swatted his
hand at Pratt.

Both benches cleared as Pratt, in a boxing stance, threw several

"He raised his hands, he hit me twice," Pratt said Wednesday
night. "I'm sure I'll have to fill out the days but I'm going to
plead my case."