Baseball

MLB suspends Padilla, Swisher over brawl

Texas Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla was suspended Tuesday for seven games and Oakland Athletics outfielder Nick Swisher was ordered to sit out three games for inciting a bench-clearing brawl.

Texas Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla was suspended Tuesday for seven games and Oakland Athletics outfielder Nick Swisher was ordered to sit out three game for inciting a brawl.

The benches cleared in the first inning of last Sunday's series finale at Oakland's McAfee Coliseum, won 11-9 by the Rangers.

"It sounds pretty fair to me,," Athletics manager Bob Geren said of the suspensions.

Padilla, 29, was disciplined for intentionally throwing at Swisher, who charged the mound and tackled the pitcher before both were ejected by plate umpire Chuck Meriwether.

Second-base umpire Tim Timmons was knocked to the ground in the fracas, which ended with an incensed Swisher being restrained by rookie catcher Kurt Suzuki and several teammates.

"Obviously, I wish the whole thing never happened," Geren said.

Swisher, who homered in each of the first three games of the series, was irked because he already had been plunked by pitcher Bill White in the seventh inning of Saturday's 7-3 Athletics victory.

"How many times can one team hit you in a row?" Geren said. "The guy hits three home runs?

"Make better pitches. You don't hit him."

Swisher, 26, is averaging .264 with 22 home runs, 73 runs batted in and 82 runs scored in 143 games for Oakland this season, his fourth in the majors.

With files from the Associated Press