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Castellanos suspened two games over Reds-Cardinals brawl

(AFP)

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos was slapped with a two-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Monday for his actions which triggered a benches-clearing brawl during Saturday’s game with the St. Louis Cardinals.

MLB said in a statement Castellanos had also been given an undisclosed fine for his “aggressive actions” which triggered Saturday’s clash between multiple players from both teams.

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The statement said Castellanos had appealed the suspension, so the ban would be frozen until the conclusion of the appeals process.

Two other Reds players — infielder Eugenio Suarez and outfielder Jesse Winker — also received undisclosed fines.

Three Cardinals players — third baseman Nolan Arenado, pitcher Jordan Hicks and catcher Yadier Molina — were also fined.

The benches erupted in the fourth inning of Saturday’s game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Castellanos, who had been hit by a pitch from Jake Woodford earlier in the inning, was involved in a confrontation with the Cardinals pitcher after a heavy collision at home plate.

Woodford appeared to drop a knee into Castellanos’ back as he dove for home plate. Castellanos responded by springing to his feet and flexing his muscles over Woodford, kicking off a mass scuffle.

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