Kent suspended for two games

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

HOUSTON (AP) Astros second baseman Jeff Kent was suspended for two games and fined Tuesday as a result of his argument with umpire Matt Hollowell during a game against the Chicago Cubs on July 26.

Kent appealed the penalty and was in Houston's lineup for Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets.

A date for a hearing has not been set. The suspension, imposed by Major League Baseball vice president Bob Watson, will not take effect until the appeal is heard.

Kent is alleged to have pushed Houston manager Jimy Williams into Hollowell after being ejected while disputing a check swing call.

''We will appeal it based on the fact that I was in the right,'' Kent said. ''The umpire made a bad call. It is an issue that I believe I should appeal, that's my right.''

Kent is hitting .294 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs.

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