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MLB: Hunter Strickland, Bryce Harper appeal brawl suspensions

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Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland is punched by Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) during the eighth inning on May 29.
(Aric Crabb / Bay Area News Group)

San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland received a six-game suspension Tuesday and Washington’s Bryce Harper was penalized four games for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl a day earlier.

Each also was fined an undisclosed amount, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Both players planned to appeal, so the suspensions weren’t to begin with Tuesday night’s game.

Strickland hit Harper in the hip with a pitch in the eighth inning and the Washington slugger charged the mound, wildly firing his helmet and trading punches to the head with Strickland during the Nationals’ 3-0 win Monday. The players’ bad blood stems from a pair of home runs Harper hit off Strickland in the 2014 playoffs.

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