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MLB issues four suspensions to the Pirates for brawl with Reds

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Keone Kela received the harshest of eight-total suspensions handed down by MLB Thursday for the benches-clearing fracas in Tuesday night’s game between the Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds.

The Pirates’ relief pitcher will face a 10-game ban for intentionally throwing at Derek Dietrich in the seventh inning of the game. Amir Garrett, the Reds’ relief pitcher that charged the Pirates’ bench an inning later and igniting the brawl between both clubs, will receive an eight-game suspension.

“The incidents between these two clubs remain a source of concern, and it’s reflected by the level of discipline we are handing out today,” MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre said in a release announcing eight multi-game suspensions. “Everyone on the field should be aware of the example they are setting for fans, particularly young people.”

José Osuna received five-games for “aggressive and inappropriate actions” according to MLB, while relief pitcher Kyle Crick was pegged with three-games for the same reason. Manager Clint Hurdle rounds out the Pirates’ suspensions with two games for his team’s conduct during the melee, as well as several intentional pitches thrown at Dietrich.

For the Reds, manager David Bell was hit with a six-game suspension, while Yasiel Puig, who was traded to the Cleveland Indians minutes before the brawl took place, was slapped with a three-game suspension. Relief pitcher Jared Hughes will receive a three-game suspension for throwing at Starling Marte in the seventh inning.

The series between the two teams will continue on Aug. 23 at PNC Park.

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