NEW YORK (AP) -Prince Fielder was suspended for three games by the commissioner's office Wednesday, leaving the Milwaukee Brewers without their top slugger in the middle of a pennant race.
Fielder was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for ``inappropriate and aggressive conduct'' during a confrontation with plate umpire Wally Bell on Sunday, when the Brewers lost 6-4 at Houston. The first baseman was ejected after arguing a called third strike and had to be restrained by bench coach Dale Sveum.
Unless he appeals, Fielder was due to begin serving the penalty Wednesday night when Milwaukee hosts the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. The Brewers began the day in first place in the NL Central, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Chicago Cubs.
Fielder, the starting first baseman for the NL in the All-Star game last month, is having a breakout season at the plate. A leading candidate for MVP, he entered the day leading the league with 37 home runs. He was batting .288 with 89 RBIs and a .618 slugging percentage, second in the league to Florida's Miguel Cabrera (.619).
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