Victorino suspension reduced to 2 games

Shane Victorino's suspension has been reduced to two games. (Ben Margot/AP Photo)

Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino has been suspended for two games for his role in a benches clearing brawl against San Francisco on Aug. 5.

The centerfielder was the only player suspended on either team, although Giants catcher Eli Whiteside and pitcher Ramon Ramirez were fined, as was the Phillies' Placido Polanco.

The Phillies felt Ramirez intentionally hit Victorino in the back with a fastball during their 9-2 victory.

After he was hit, Victorino took a couple of steps toward the mound, prompting Whiteside and Ramirez to converge on him. Polanco charged in, and the benches emptied. Victorino had to be restrained by home-plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, with whom he made contact, and hitting coach Greg Gross, but ultimately broke free and tackled a member of the Giants' coaching staff. He said later he was attempting to pull bodies away from Carlos Ruiz, who was at the bottom of the tangle of bodies.

At the time, manager Charlie Manuel did not dispute the suspension, but reiterated his belief that Victorino was prompted to react by Ramirez stepping off the mound in his direction.

He initially was suspended for three games and it was reduced on appeal. 

The suspension starts tonight against Arizona. He also will sit out tomorrow night against Washington.

More to come ...

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