Josh Donaldson suspended by Major League Baseball after igniting benches-clearing incident vs. Pirates

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Pittsburgh right-hander Joe Musgrove and Atlanta third baseman Josh Donaldson have been ejected from Monday night's game between the Pirates and Braves for triggering a benches-clearing confrontation.

When Josh Donaldson stepped to the plate against Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove, a first-pitch fastball sort of grazed Donaldson's jersey.

The ejection is the sixth of Donaldson's career and the first for Musgrove, according to The Athletic's David O'Brien. No punches were thrown, and the field was quickly cleared. Plus, the ball hardly even made contact with Donaldson (if at all), which made the ensuing altercation so confusing.

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No baseball player (shy of maybe Craig Biggio) enjoys getting hit by the pitch. "I felt like, obviously he had a problem with something". I looked away to try to give him a chance to look away from me.

"He kept coming down the mound and looking at me", Donaldson said, according to 680 The Fan.

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