Major league notebook: Strickland suspended for 6 games, Harper 4

Both players also received undisclosed fines for their actions.

Both Harper and Strickland have appealed their suspensions and are eligible to play until their hearings take place. Baseball Senior Vice President Joe Garagiola Jr. typically hears player appeals. The Nats felt Harper deserved a suspension fewer than four games, Strickland a suspension more than six games.

It was the first time the two had met since Harper hit two home runs off Strickland during the 2014 National League Division Series between the Nationals and Giants. Michael Morse, the third man in on the Bryce Harper-Hunter Strickland fight that cleared both benches on Monday, was leveled by the fourth man in, Giants teammate Jeff Samardzija.

One night after a wild, bench-clearing brawl that resulted in suspensions for Washington outfielder Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland, the teams played without incident.

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Harper flung his helmet and they began throwing punches, with the 6-foot-4 Strickland clocking Harper in the face. If they want to keep talking about it, then can.

That's the amount of time that separated the second time Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland faced each other on an Major League Baseball diamond and the third one.

Harper clearly wasn't totally focused on the Tuesday game, having been badgered with more questions beforehand. "Probably only Martin Luther King or Gandhi would have turned the other cheek and not done something reactionary". For what it's worth, Strickland is also appealing his suspension, despite outlining his incentive to plunk Harper in talking to the media on Monday.

Torre has had his chances to get it right, and not even for the first time this season, following the Matt Barnes/Manny Machado incident, flubbing it so badly as to make you wonder if he can even say, "But I watch a lot of games!" Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-4 with a homer on Monday and is 6-for-11 over the past three games to raise his average to.374 - second in the National League. “Im kind of thankful that Mikey Mo and Samardzija collided because Samardzija saw blood a little bit, I thought.

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Strickland, meanwhile, is a decent relief pitcher, but not someone overly integral to the success and failure of the San Francisco Giants.

Boston placed Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained wrist and activated Pablo Sandoval from the DL.

"I know Buster has our back as a group and a team."
Thats never a worry of mine.”. “Buster was definitely shocked and not looking for that to happen.”.

"I don't think retaliation is the key in this situation", he said, again, according to MASN's Mark Zuckerman.

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