- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 29, 2006

TORONTO — The fiancee of Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden accepted a plea bargain yesterday, resolving her battery and resisting arrest case in Miami Beach, Fla.

Joy Browning, 36, must perform 25 hours of community service and attend anger management classes in exchange for her charges being dropped.

Browning and Bowden were driving in Miami Beach early on April 17 when police pulled them over after Bowden reportedly ran a stop sign. Police said they found scratches and cuts on Bowden’s cheek and ear and attempted to arrest Browning on battery charges.

According to police, Browning attacked the officers as they tried to get her out of the car. She was charged with felony resisting arrest with violence and spent two nights in a Miami jail.

Bowden denied the domestic abuse charges, and Browning pled not guilty in a court appearance last month. Bowden, 45, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test and refusing to take a breath-alcohol test. He pled not guilty and will go to trial Monday.

Ward, Stanton disciplined

Nationals manager Frank Robinson fined both Daryle Ward and Mike Stanton for failing to make it to Toronto in time for Tuesday night’s game. He will no longer allow players to travel on their own.

Ward and Stanton received permission to spend Monday’s day off with family, then fly to Toronto on their own Tuesday morning. But Ward, who initially drove to the wrong airport (Dulles instead of Reagan National), was supposed to be Washington’s cleanup hitter but didn’t arrive until 7:30 p.m. Stanton didn’t arrive until after midnight after having three flights canceled because of weather and another delayed out of Newark.

Guillen gets advice

Outfielder Jose Guillen, mired in a 2-for-21 slump and hitting .212, was in the batting cage early yesterday afternoon working with hitting coach Mitchell Page and Robinson.

Robinson said Guillen is starting with his hands too high, then bringing them far back before coming forward, which delays him on most fastballs.

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