Strickland, Harper issued suspensions following brawl

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Each also has been fined an undisclosed amount, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Major League Baseball said that the suspensions were scheduled to be effective Tuesday night, but both players planned to appeal.

Hit in the hip by a 98 miles per hour heater, Harper charged the mound, flung his helmet and traded punches to the head with Strickland.

Suspensions (four games for Harper, six for Strickland) were handed out before the game, punishing Strickland for the pitch, and Harper for charging the mound, tossing his helmet, even though he missed, and exchanging punches with the reliever he took deep twice in the 2014 NLDS and hadn't faced since.

A lot happened on Memorial Day when the Nationals' Bryce Harper and Giants' reliever Hunter Strickland went at it in a bench-clearing brawl.

Washington led 2-0 with two outs in the eighth inning and none on when Strickland drilled Harper on the first pitch - a 98 miles per hour fastball.

"And then when they actually do get after it, it'll make you think".

Harper charged the mound in Monday's game after being hit by Strickland. But in this situation, there was virtually no doubt that the pitch was intentional, regardless of what Strickland said after the game. The 31-year-old received a no-decision against the Seattle Mariners in his last turn when he struck out eight and gave up two runs and three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

"He knows how to pitch in this weather", Washington manager Dusty Baker said.




Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner had three hits apiece Tuesday night in the Washington Nationals' 6-3 win over the San Francisco Giants. I don't remember thinking Harper did anything out of the norm, " Blevins said.

He said that "like an ignorant redneck, I thought, 'Wouldn't it be awesome to throw a catfish on the ice at this game?'"

There's nothing in the rules of tennis that says your shots have to go over the net.

After left-hander Oliver Perez walked Joe Panik, righty Shawn Kelley came on with two outs and allowed singles to Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford that loaded the bases. "I don't know why he did it or what he did it for, but I guess it happens".

Harper said he didn't go to the plate expecting any animosity from Strickland.

"I've always enjoyed Bryce and being around him, " Clippard said. Heck, I'm surprised there wasn't even more damage.

Jeff Samardzija lasted just four innings against a tough Nationals lineup and the Giants couldn't dig out of an early hole, falling 6-3.

Giants: Michael Morse, who collided hard with Samardzija during Monday's brawl, was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

"As I was going out there, the first initial reaction is you might get blindsided by one of their players coming in", he said. "Bryce hits one. off him in a big spot from what I understand, I think I remember seeing it live, and Hunter waits three years".

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