Laureano says Astros coach insulted mother, sparking fracas

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Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano (22) charges the Houston Astros' dugout after being hit by a pitch thrown by Humberto Castellanos during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Oakland outfielder Ramon Laureano says Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday, and Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintrón punished harshly by Major League Baseball.

Laureano said Monday he regrets charging toward Houston's dugout to fight Cintrón after the two exchanged words during the seventh inning of a game Sunday in Oakland. Speaking before a game against the Los Angeles Angels, Laureano said Cintrón began jawing at him when Laureano reacted angrily after being hit by a pitch from Houston rookie Humberto Castellanos.

“I should have kept my cool because I wasted my time with that guy,” Laureano said. “Right now, I don’t look like a smart guy, but when you are emotional and someone says something about your mother, I don’t think anyone would take that lightly.

“Whatever decision comes about a suspension, hopefully it is not as many games as people think.”

Laureano and Cintrón are expected to be suspended by MLB, but no announcement was made Monday regarding punishment.

Houston manager Dusty Baker said he had a short meeting with his coaches to discuss the incident, but he declined to go into details about what he said to Cintrón.

“He was remorseful, I’ll say that, that the whole thing happened," said Baker, who was ejected earlier in Sunday's game and wasn't on the bench for the fracas. "And we hope it won’t happen again.”

Laureano was hit three times by Houston pitchers during the weekend series, including twice by Castellanos on breaking pitches. Laureano sarcastically motioned to Castellanos on how to properly throw his slider after Sunday's plunking. Laureano said he wasn't going to charge the mound and was trying to move on until he heard Cintrón as he approached first base.