Friday, April 20, 2018
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MLB suspends eight, fines 12 from brawl

PITTSBURGH — MLB came down hard on the Dodgers and Diamondbacks on Friday, handing out eight suspensions and a dozen fines as punishment for a bench-clearing brawl on Tuesday night.

Yet even with Arizona RHP Ian Kennedy getting a 10-game suspension and INF Eric Hinske five, it might not quell the hostility between the NL West rivals.

"No, it's not over yet, not at all," Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario said. "I don't think anybody thinks it's over."

Belisario was to serve a one-game suspension Friday while Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell and INF Skip Schumaker appealed the two-game suspensions they received from senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr.

Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly and Arizona's Kirk Gibson were given one-game bans while Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire must sit two games. Bench coach Trey Hillman filled in for Mattingly on Friday.

Garagiola cited Kennedy for intentionally throwing a pitch at the head of Zack Greinke after a warning had been issued and Hinske for leaving the dugout.

Kennedy's suspension is the longest handed out by the league for on-field conduct since Cubs C Michael Barrett was given a 10-game suspension for an incident with White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski in May 2006.

"To me (Kennedy) seemed like he was kind of the instigator and started it and piled on and he got the most," Mattingly said. "It just seems fair."

All eight handed suspensions were also fined, as were Greinke, Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig, Arizona C Miguel Montero and Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra.

MLB fined the Dodgers for allowing players on the disabled list to leave the dugout and enter the field during the brawl. The league also banned disabled list players on the Dodgers and Diamondbacks from sitting in their dugouts through Sunday.

Dodgers $6B take: The team stands to keep more than $6 billion from its new TV contract with Time Warner Cable after reaching an agreement with MLB, the Los Angeles Times reported. The agreement ends a stare down in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and ends the court's jurisdiction of Dodgers business. As part of the settlement, the Dodgers reportedly would pay almost $2 billion to the revenue-sharing pool.

Brewers: LF Ryan Braun went on the DL with a sore right thumb.

Cardinals: Rookie LHP Tyler Lyons will stay in the rotation, edging out rookie RHP Michael Wacha, who was optioned to Triple-A because of the return of RHP Jake Westbrook (elbow).

Rangers: INF Jeff Baker sprained his right thumb Thursday receiving a pregame high-five from a teammate he would not identify. He could not hold a bat and was not in the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays.

Rockies: SS Troy Tulowitzki went on the DL and could miss up to six weeks with a broken rib suffered when diving for a ball Thursday.

Yankees: 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) went on the 15-day DL, and RHP Adam Warren was optioned to Triple A.

Japan's baseballS: Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato apologized for the confusion caused by introducing a new, livelier ball this season without notifying players. "Baseball is very important in Japan's sporting culture, and I have to carefully reflect on my responsibility to the game," Kato said.

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