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Nationals' Bryce Harper, Giants' Hunter Strickland suspended after brawl

By The Sports Xchange
Nationals' Bryce Harper, Giants' Hunter Strickland suspended after brawl
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland were both suspended for their role in a benches-clearing brawl on Monday. Both are appealing. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland was suspended six games and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper received a four-game suspension on Tuesday for their parts in a bench-clearing brawl the day before at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Both players also were assessed fines Major League Baseball reported in announcing the decisions. Both players have appealed.

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Strickland, apparently holding a grudge after Harper hit two home runs against him in the 2014 National League Division Series, hit Harper on the right hip with a 95 mph fastball in the eighth inning on Monday.

Harper charged the mound and threw his helmet, which appeared to slip out of his hand and come nowhere close to Strickland, but they both landed punches before being engulfed by teammates in a melee at the center of the infield.

"One thing I've got to say about Strickland is he hit me in the right spot, so I do respect him for that," Harper said. "He didn't come up and in toward my face like some guys do, so I respect him on that level."

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Strickland said he was only trying to pitch inside, not trying to hit Harper.

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