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Four players suspended after Brewers-Pirates brawl; Gerrit Cole not punished

Mike Oz
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MLB suspends 4 after Brewers-Pirates brawl
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Travis Snider's shiner. (AP)

Major League Baseball suspended and fined four players on Tuesday, punishment from the Easter Sunday brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The brawl was sparked when Carlos Gomez of the Brewers hit a triple off Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole. Gomez admired it momentarily, thinking it was a homer. Cole had words with Gomez after he slid into third. Gomez charged Cole and both benches cleared. Travis Snider and Russell Martin of the Pirates and Martin Maldonado of the Brewers were central figures in the on-field fight, with Maldonado most notably punching Snider in the face. 

The league fined Gomez, Snider, Martin and Maldonado each an undisclosed amount and threw down these suspensions:

• Gomez — three games
• Maldonado — five games
• Snider — two games
• Martin — one game

Cole wasn't fined or suspended for his involvement, which was a surprise to some people, but he didn't do anything except talk to Gomez. Players can appeal their suspensions and continue to play until there's a ruling. Gomez plans to appeal, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Maldonado, the Brewers backup catcher, was fined $2,500. As you can see below, Maldonado connected the biggest punches in the fight and left Travis Snider of the Pirates with a very visible black eye.

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