Kennedy suspended five games, Kendall gets four

Updated: August 23, 2004, 9:23 AM ET

NEW YORK - Colorado Rockies pitcher Joe Kennedy and Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jason Kendall were each suspended Friday for their aggressive actions which led to a bench-clearing brawl in an August 15 game.

Kennedy was banned for five games for his inappropriate comments to Kendall, fighting and aggressive actions. Kendall received a four-game suspension for charging the mound and fighting. Each were also fined an undisclosed amount.

The suspensions and fines were announced by Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball.

Pittsburgh held a 2-0 advantage and had runners on first and third with two outs in the fourth inning when Kendall was hit behind his left shoulder by Kennedy.

Kendall had walked about 15 feet toward first when, after Kennedy said something to him, he charged the mound. Kennedy tackled Kendall as both benches emptied, and both players were ejected.

"Kennedy said some things I didn't like," Kendall said after the incident. "I'm not going to let somebody yell at me. I wasn't brought up that way."

Kennedy claimed that Kendall was crowding the plate.

"He dives and leans over the plate and it hit him," Kennedy said. "I was yelling at the umpire (Paul Nauert) that he needs to get out of the way and he (Kendall) came after me."

Both players are expected to appeal the suspension.

"I'll appeal it and go from there," Kendall said. "I can't do anything about it. I'll go through the process and see what happens."

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