Archer suspended 5 games; 2-game ban for Puig

Chris Archer Suspended Five Games for Sunday's Incident

Chris Archer Suspended Five Games for Sunday's Incident

It was not immediately clear if Archer will do so as the Pirates are off today before resuming their three-game series with the Cubs Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

Major League Baseball has suspended Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed pitcher Chris Archer for his role in the bench-clearing incident with the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. The suspension of Archer is subject to appeal.

Yasiel Puig and Cincinnati manager David Bell also received suspensions. Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg warned both benches and Bell jogged from the dugout to the infield, arguing Archer should have been ejected.

Bell interpreted Archer's suspension as confirmation that the pitch was purposely meant to hurt Dietrich.

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Puig put Pirates bench coach Tom Prince in a headlock at one point.

As much as I was surprised that Archer wasn't ejected Sunday, I was not surprised he was suspended.

Archer gets five games for throwing at Derek Dietrich, who had admired a home run longer than Archer liked in his previous at-bat. "Clearly both benches cleared, which is unfortunate". Puig will begin to serve his suspension tonight, when the Reds are to host the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park. He wasn't satisfied with Archer getting a five-day suspension, which means the starter would miss one appearance at most. "It cost me two games". "That's a unsafe approach".

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