OAKLAND, AUG. 7 -- American League President Bobby Brown has requested videotapes and umpires' reports from Friday's incident in Baltimore between the Orioles and Kansas City Royals, a league spokesman said today.
Brown likely will assess any possible fines or suspensions by the end of the week.
Orioles pitcher John Mitchell and outfielder Brady Anderson will receive automatic fines for being ejected from the game, which included two bench-clearing incidents. The hostilities began when several Royals objected to Anderson's steal attempt with the Orioles ahead, 9-1, in the fifth inning of their 14-1 victory.
Kansas City reliever Steve Crawford hit Anderson with a pitch the next inning, and Anderson started toward the mound before being headed off. In the next inning Mitchell threw a pitch behind Kevin Seitzer and was ejected because both teams had been issued warnings.
Gonzales at Second
Rene Gonzales, who began tonight with just 68 at-bats and 13 hits this season, has taken over for Bill Ripken as the Orioles' second baseman. Ripken is on the disabled list with a stress fracture.
Third baseman Craig Worthington was left out of the starting lineup with a slight hamstring pull; he expects to be ready Wednesday.
Lot of Pop
From the "rich get richer" department on the other side of the field at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum: Todd Van Poppel, Oakland's top draft choice, has allowed just one run and six hits while striking out 17 in his first 13 innings with the Class A Southern Oregon A's.
Van Poppel was the probable No. 1 pick in June's amateur draft until he informed clubs he planned to go to the University of Texas. The A's selected the Arlington, Tex., high school phenom 14th, signed him with a three-year, $1.2 million package, and now believe his 90-plus mph fastball and jaw-dropping curve could be in their rotation in two years.