Pitcher Hunter Strickland of the San Francisco Giants began serving a six-game suspension for brawling with Bryce Harper after his appeal was denied by Major League Baseball.
The penalty stemmed from a May 29 benches-clearing incident between the Giants and Washington Nationals. Strickland plunked Harper on the right hip with a 98-mph fastball, igniting an eighth-inning fight that ended with Strickland being dragged to the Giants dugout by several teammates.
Harper was suspended for four games, which was reduced to three games after his appeal. He has already served the penalty.
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