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Dodgers, Diamondbacks Brawl After Greinke

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.


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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.

LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig didn’t get a hit or make a spectacular throw on Tuesday night, but he might have changed the Dodgers’ season.


Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire and Manager Don Mattingly grab ahold of Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams. (Los Angeles Times)

Less than three weeks ago, the Dodgers were said by their own manager to lack toughness. But there was no questioning their resolve in a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.

Puig was hit in the face by a 92-mph fastball by Ian Kennedy in the sixth inning, sparking an old-fashioned brawl in the seventh and setting the stage for an emotional comeback in the eighth. The decisive blow was landed by rookie catcher Tim Federowicz, who doubled in three runs to overcome a one-run deficit.

Ejected during the melee for delivering an overhand punch to the back of reserve infielder Eric Hinske’s head, Puig wasn’t in the dugout when newly appointed closer Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve the victory.

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