Benches clear in the Braves-Marlins game

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Three years ago the Braves took issue with Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez for what they thought was Fernandez’s disrespect (or something) after he admired a home run he hit. Last night Fernandez and the Braves got into it again.

Nick Markakis hit a homer in the second inning. Fernandez hit Markakis with a pitch in the sixth inning. Retaliation? Hard to say, but he hit him. Fernandez came to bat the next inning and Braves reliever Jose Ramirez threw behind him. Ramirez was ejected and both benches cleared:

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Oy. Plunking nonsense regrettably happens, but you don’t want to see someone headhunting like that. There’s no place for it. I’m glad Ramirez was ejected. He should be suspended as well.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.