Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

2 Cubs, 2 Pirates Draw Suspensions, Fines

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

2 Cubs, 2 Pirates Draw Suspensions, Fines

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Aftershocks from their bean-and-brawl series this week with the Pittsburgh Pirates caught up with the Chicago Cubs on Friday at Busch Stadium.

Before the Cubs took the field to open a three-game set with the Cardinals, news arrived from the National League office.

Two Cubs and two Pirates have received fines and suspensions for their extracurricular activities during the volatile four-game series that ended Thursday.

The suspensions were to have been effective immediately, but all four players appealed and remain active pending hearings.

Cubs manager Jim Lefebvre was not especially surprised by the action, nor in agreement with it.

"Obviously, they're trying to make a statement here, because of what is going on around baseball," Lefebvre said. "We're appealing all of them. We don't feel like our guys did anything wrong."

Three players who were ejected from Monday's game were suspended for seven days and fined $1,000 each.

The Cubs' Bob Scanlan, who hit Carlos Garcia with a pitch, was fined and suspended for fighting and inciting a brawl. The Pirates' Al Martin was reprimanded for prolonging the brawl and Blas Minor was disciplined for creating the brawl by throwing at a batter.

In addition, the Cubs' Shawn Boskie was suspended for three games and fined $500 for throwing close to a batter after a warning had been issued in Wednesday's game.

With a hearing yet to come, Scanlan said: "I don't really want to say too much."

Brian Jordan, who had four hits in Thursday night's 16-6 victory over the Florida Marlins and two Friday night, has been hitting the ball to right field on a regular basis in recent games.

"I'm getting a lot off-speed pitches and I'm learning to take them to right field," Jordan said. "It's just something you learn along the way. I've still got a lot to learn about playing this game."

At the same time, Jordan turned on a breaking pitch from Florida's Rich Rodriguez and pulled it for a two-run homer. …

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