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Wherever Carlos Gomez goes, drama and hot tempers are sure to follow.
The animated Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, who has rubbed more than his fair share of opponents the wrong way with his antics, found himself in the middle of another benches clearing situation on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh, and this time it escalated into a full scale baseball.
The melee happened in the third inning right after Gomez bat flipped and admired what he thought was a home run off the bat. The baseball ended up hitting high off the center field wall at PNC Park, leaving Gomez to settle for a triple. And waiting for him there to express his displeasure with his antics was the man who served it up, Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.
A shouting match ensued and the situation escalated quickly after Gomez charged towards the gathering of Pirates separating him from Cole throwing wild hay-makers. Pirates outfielder Travis Snider cut off the barrage by throwing Gomez to the ground, which seemed to end the first phase of the brawl. After some standing around and more jawing, Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin tried getting at Gomez but was restrained by teammate Gaby Sanchez.

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NEW YORK — Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had to worry about pitch counts again Saturday night – except this time for a closer trying to finish the ninth inning instead of a starter trying to complete a no-hitter. Braves All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel inherited a four-run lead in the ninth inning but was pulled after allowing two runs and leaving the bases loaded for right-hander Jordan Walden, who notched the save by retiring New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud on a grounder to short to complete Atlanta’s 7-5 win at Citi Field. Gonzalez said Kimbrel, who hadn’t pitched since Apr. 12 due to right shoulder soreness, was going to pitch no matter what on Saturday.

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The Washington Nationals activated outfielder Denard Span from the seven-day disabled list Saturday after recovering from a concussion.

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Aaron Hill was having a miserable night at the plate until he got one more chance to redeem himself. Hill hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and Miguel Montero homered, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. To do it, the Diamondbacks had to overcome Juan Uribe’s tying homer in the ninth off closer Addison Reed. ”But every day these guys come in with a great attitude, and it doesn’t matter if it’s extra innings or not.

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An 8-year-old boy from Atlanta named Wyatt Alford came to spring training in Sarasota, Fla. and saw left-hander Brian Matusz pitch for the Baltimore Orioles. Alford didn’t know until the next morning by reading a newspaper that they have something important in common: They both have severe nut allergies. Matusz still gets teased about it by his teammates, and suspects Alford has gone through similar treatment. But it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, Matusz says.
Inspired by watching Matusz, 27, succeed in Major League Baseball, the young boy became an instant fan and mailed him some unique items to autograph. As a result, Matusz, too, became a big fan of Alford’s.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported the details of a neat acquaintance between a boy and a ballplayer:

Inside the envelope was a newspaper article detailing Matusz’s frightening allergic reaction to a dinner prepared in peanut oil March 9 that sent the 27-year-old left-hander to the emergency room.

Also included in the package was a portable shot of epinephrine that allergy sufferers carry in case of a reaction. Although similar in content to the ubiquitous EpiPen, the Auvi-Q inside Matusz’s envelope was instead square and flat like a thick credit card — easy for autographing — and included audio instructions for injecting it.

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PHILADELPHIA — If A.J. Burnett’s outing against Atlanta was any indication, the hernia he’s Only one runner made it past second base — Braves first baseman Jason Heyward, who got to third base in the third inning with two outs.

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Here is our first installment of MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney:

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Completion is set for February 2017

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Mother Nature provided the Phillies with an extra day to heal the wounds of Monday nights harrowing 9-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies got excellent work from their bullpen — three wins and a 2.13 ERA — in sweeping the Miami Marlins over the weekend, but Monday night was a different story. B.J. Rosenberg allowed home runs to the only three batters he faced and Jake Diekman, pressed into closers duty because Jonathan Papelbon needed a break after pitching three days in a row, had a tough time throwing strikes before Dan Uggla took him deep for a game-deciding grand slam. After 13 games, the Phillies have the highest bullpen ERA in the National League at 5.53.

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