Yasiel Puig, Chris Archer suspended by MLB for roles in Reds-Pirates fight

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Major League Baseball has slapped Yasiel Puig, Chris Archer and Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell with suspensions after their roles in an on-field fight Sunday between the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Archer gets five games for throwing at Derek Dietrich, who had admired a home run longer than Archer liked in his previous at-bat. Bell fumed after Archer threw at Dietrich and both teams were warned, which led to his suspension.

When the two teams spilled onto the field, Puig seemed ready to fight any Pirates player in his way. Puig was held back for a while, but eventually sprung free once things were dying down and reignited them. He was suspended two games. Bell received a one-game suspension.

Here are more details from MLB’s announcement of the punishments:

Pirates pitcher Chris Archer has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Derek Dietrich of the Reds. The suspension of Archer is subject to appeal. If Archer elects to file an appeal, then the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig has received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions during the incident. Puig will begin to serve his suspension tonight, when the Reds are to host the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park.

Reds manager David Bell has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions during the incident. Bell’s suspension is to be served tonight.

A reminder that Archer’s suspension — if served — would include Pirates’ games played, not his individual starts, so a five-game suspension is really just one start.

Cincinnati Reds' Yasiel Puig (66) pulls away from Tucker Barnhart (16) as he attempts to re-enter a bench clearing during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Cincinnati Reds' Yasiel Puig (66) pulls away from Tucker Barnhart (16) as he attempts to re-enter a bench clearing during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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