Rookie Fernandez, Braves engage in tense standoff

The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez hit a home run in the sixth inning, and after circling the bases he engaged in a heated exchange with Braves catcher Brian McCann, which prompted both benches and bullpens to clear Wednesday night.

A few shoves were traded in the subsequent standoff near home plate, but no punches were evident, and no one was ejected.

The game was the final start of the season for the demonstrative 21-year-old Fernandez, a top candidate for NL Rookie of the Year. On Wednesday he passed the 170-inning limit the Marlins set for him this season.

In the top of the sixth, Fernandez stared at the Braves bench muttering as he walked off the mound to end the inning, then waved his arms in agitation in the dugout.

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