Rockies LHP Joe Kennedy was suspended yesterday for five games and Pirates C Jason Kendall four for their parts in a bench-clearing brawl on Sunday.

Both were also fined an undisclosed amount.

Kendall was batting in the fourth inning of the Pirates' 3-0 win when a pitch from Kennedy hit the protective pad the catcher wears on his upper left arm.

Kendall dropped his bat and started toward first base. Kennedy stepped off the mound and appeared to say something to Kendall, which caused Kendall to turn abruptly and charge the pitcher. After a brief wrestling match that brought players out of both dugouts and bullpens, order was restored.

After the game, Kendall said he was upset because Kennedy yelled at him, not because he got hit by a pitch.

Kennedy admitted yelling but said the words were directed at plate umpire Paul Nauert. Kennedy maintained he was arguing Kendall didn't make an effort to avoid the pitch.

* AILING: Reds closer Danny Graves was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of lower back spasms that flared up during his last outing.

Graves, an all-star this season, leads the NL with 37 saves and is 1-5 with a 4.09 ERA. He had two rocky outings against the Cardinals this week, allowing a grand slam to Larry Walker in a loss on Tuesday and two runs the next night.

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