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Bryce Harper, Hunter Strickland start bench-clearing brawl between Nats, Giants

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper charged San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland in the eighth inning of the teams’ game on Monday, leading to a bench-clearing brawl between the two clubs. Strickland plunked Harper in the hip with a 98 mph fastball. Harper then gestured at Strickland with his bat, strode to the mound, threw his helmet at the Giants pitcher and the two exchanged blows as benches cleared. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander had to be carried off the field by several of his San Francisco teammates to keep him away from the melee. It was the first time the two had met since Harper hit two home runs off Strickland during the 2014 NLDS between the Nats and Giants. “I know (Harper) took him deep in the playoffs a couple times,” Washington manager Dusty Baker said. “(Strickland) probably took exception to that. Baseball is a game where you don’t forget and you can hold grudges for a long, long time. And that…

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