Suspensions dealt for brawl between the Cubs and Padres

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK – Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee and San Diego pitcher Chris Young were suspended for five games each Monday following a bench-clearing brawl last weekend.

Cubs hitting coach Gerald Perry was suspended for three games for his role in Saturday’s fight at Wrigley Field.

Chicago and San Diego were off Monday, giving Lee time to decide whether to contest the discipline.

In Saturday’s game at Wrigley, Lee was hit by a pitch from Young, walked to first, had words with the pitcher, then threw a punch. Young swung back and the benches emptied.

Both players also were fined by Bob Watson, baseball’s vice president in charge of discipline. Perry was suspended and fined for “aggressive actions,” according to Watson.

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San Diego’s Brian Giles and Jake Peavy also were fined.