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suspension Paul Goldschmidt Jersey ,and San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley was fined an undisclosed amountfor their respective roles in a benches-clearing brawl during Tuesday's game at Dodger Stadium, MLB.com'sDo-Hyoung Park reported Thursday.Puig got in Hundley's face in response to a comment he made after Puig expressed frustration about fouling off a pitch from Giants relief pitcher Tony Watson. After they exchanged more verbal jabs, the outfielder pushed the veteran backstop a few times."So I was a little upset, and [Hundley] told me to stop complaining, get back into the box. And when I got in his face, he told me to also get out of his face. So that's when I got upset," Puig said via a translator. "I didn't like that he was telling me what to do, and then he said some words to me in English that I really can't repeat."MLB MLBBenches clear in Giants-Dodgers game with Nick Hundley and Yasiel Puig at the center of it. r3ZHHdzL3AHundley didn't add much context to explain the scuffle beyond saying it was part of the NL West rivals' battle for positioning in the playoff race."We're competing on the field against a team we're chasing. They've been scuffling a little bit and we're trying to catch them http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-patrick-corbin-jersey ," he told reporters. "Obviously a nice rivalry. We had some words and pushed a couple times. There's really not more to it than that."Both players were ejected from the game. The Giants won the heated contest 2-1.Losing Puig is a big short-term loss for the Dodgers. Unless he appeals the suspension, he'll miss the first two games in a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners.Chris Taylor figures to receive the extra playing time in right field for Los Angeles with Matt Kemp starting in left. BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Having watched the San Diego Padres reach a $300 million, 10-year deal with Manny Machado, Pirates owner Bob Nutting doesn’t think it makes sense Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington to add a pricey free agent.A huge salary could cause the portion paid to one player to be “overweight.”“You get an imbalanced payroll, that you have much more challenging team dynamic, much more challenging clubhouse dynamic, much more limitation in crafting an overall roster that can bring a championship Randy Johnson Jersey ,” Nutting said Wednesday. “I’m not sure that that necessarily makes a team a team more competitive and more ready to win a championship.”Pittsburgh was 82-79 last year for its fourth winning record in 26 years. The Pirates acquired two-time All-Star right-hander Chris Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays last summer and reliever Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers.Attendance dropped by 450,000 from 2017 and the lowest since 1996, and Nutting hopes for a rebound. Nutting thinks the Pirates can contend in the NL Central, where four of the five teams had winning records last season.“The expectation of the fan base should be that we put a competitive team on the field that is built to win,” Nutting said. “That’s what their expectations deserve to be. Frankly, I think that a seven-game improvement last year was a meaningful step forward, and we are absolutely positioned to take another meaningful step forward and get us back into that range where we have a very good shot at playoffs and, once you get into the playoffs http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-a.-j.-pollock-jersey , of moving down the pike.”Pittsburgh was 26th among the 30 teams in payroll last year at $90.6 million for its 40-man roster and again will have one of the lowest. That makes Nutting rather unpopular with many fans.“I think the only piece that worries me is to the extent that it negatively impacts the club,” Nutting said. “And that’s unfortunate and up to me to do everything I can to make sure that the degree of commitment that I show — and I’ll say show as opposed to have, because I deeply believe that I am fully committed to this organization and to its success and devote all the energy I possibly can to seeing that happen — if I need to be more effective to communicate that in order to help and support the team, that’s on me.”Notes: Archer threw batting practice for the first time this spring training. He underwent hernia surgery in November but is fully recovered. … RF Gregory Polanco is taking batting practice as he rehabilitates following left shoulder surgery in October, but he is throwing from just 100 feet. He is expected to begin the season on the injured list. … RHP Chad Kuhl, who underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the season, made 50 throws off flat ground from 60 feet.