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Clevenger suspended one game, will sit out tonight

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  • The Nationals' batter Bryce Harper (34) is restrained by home plate umpire Jerry Lane, left, and Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger after an inside pitch during the sixth inning Thursday in Washington. The benches and bullpens emptied onto the field.

      The Nationals' batter Bryce Harper (34) is restrained by home plate umpire Jerry Lane, left, and Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger after an inside pitch during the sixth inning Thursday in Washington. The benches and bullpens emptied onto the field.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Chicago Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger has been suspended for one game by Major League Baseball for his role in a benches-clearing incident against the Nationals.

Clevenger, who also was fined, did not appeal the penalty and was set to sit out tonight at Pittsburgh.

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During the sixth inning of the Cubs' 9-2 loss to Washington on Thursday night, a pitch from Chicago's Lendy Castillo to Bryce Harper was well inside and low. The ball went to the backstop, and Clevenger appeared to make no attempt to move his glove.

Both dugouts and bullpens emptied for the second time in the game. No apparent physical contact was made between the teams until Clevenger pushed Washington's Michael Morse backward.

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