/Bryce Harper Rushes Hunter Strickland and Starts a Benches-Clearing Brawl

Bryce Harper Rushes Hunter Strickland and Starts a Benches-Clearing Brawl

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Bryce Harper punching Hunter Strickland during the Nationals-Giants game on Monday.

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The Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to each other’s head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 m.p.h. pitch in the eighth inning with Washington ahead, 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied. At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout.

In the 2014 National League Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After Harper’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he…

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