Suspensions, Fines Announced in Dodgers D-Backs Melee

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Players and coaches involved in a bench-clearing brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks learned their fates Friday in an announcement from Major League Baseball.


The Dodgers and Diamondbacks fought on the field at Dodger Stadium after several batters were hit by pitches. (credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Eight members of the two clubs, including five Dodgers, involved in Tuesday night’s melee received suspensions.

The incident was sparked when the Dodgers’ rookie phenom Yasiel Puig was hit in the head with a pitch from Diamondbacks’ pitcher Ian Kennedy in the sixth inning.

Dodgers’ pitcher Zack Greinke responded by hitting Diamondbacks’ catcher Miguel Montero in the back in the top of the seventh inning.

Kennedy then plunked Greinke in the head during the bottom half of the inning.

Both benches cleared as players and managers converged on the field in front of the Arizona dugout.

Several punches were thrown by players from both teams.

At one point, Dodger’s manager Don Mattingly wrestled Diamondbacks’ coach Alan Trammell to the ground.

Dodgers’ relief pitcher J.P. Howell, infielder/outfielder Skip Schumaker and hitting coach Mark McGwire each received two-game suspensions, MLB announced in a press release. Relief pitcher Ronald Belisario received a one-game suspension, as did Mattingly “for the actions of his club and for his conduct during the incident.”

Kennedy, who intentionally threw at the head of Greinke in the seventh inning, according to MLB, was suspended for 10 games. Infielder Eric Hinske was suspended for five games and manager Kirk Gibson received a one-game suspension.

Puig was not suspended, but did receive an undisclosed fine.

Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra of the Diamondbacks were also fined.

Mattingly, Gibson and McGwire were scheduled to begin their suspensions Friday.

All the players were given the opportunity to appeal their suspensions before missing any games.

The Dodgers were in Pittsburgh Friday for an upcoming series with the Pirates.

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