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Cancer survivor Chad Bettis to make 2017 debut on Monday

2 Comments’s Thomas Harding and Patrick Pinak report that Rockies starter Chad Bettis will make his 2017 debut on Monday. Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer last November and underwent chemotherapy in the spring.

Bettis said, “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the many people who were positively affecting me the whole time. I know that I will be carrying it forward, more than just on a pitch-by-pitch basis. I couldn’t be where I am without them.”

Last season, Bettis finished with a 4.79 ERA and a 138/59 K/BB ratio in 186 innings across 32 starts. He’ll be joining a Rockies team that finds itself in the playoff hunt, entering Sunday tied with the Diamondbacks for both National League Wild Card slots.

Puig takes swing at Hundley, both ejected as benches clear

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig took a swing at San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley and both players were ejected during a benches-clearing scrap in the seventh inning Tuesday night.

Puig swatted his bat in frustration after fouling off a pitch from Tony Watson, and Hundley said something to the mercurial slugger while still in his crouch. Puig turned around and walked toward Hundley, the catcher stood up, and they stood face to face and argued for a moment before Puig shoved Hundley twice.

That brought players out of the benches and bullpens. Puig and Hundley were momentarily separated, but Puig ducked around teammates, coaches and manager Dave Roberts before reaching back to hit Hundley. He smacked Hundley with an open hand across the front of his catcher’s mask.

The players were then separated again for good. After discussing with both managers, the umpires ejected both Puig and Hundley.

It was the fourth career ejection for Puig, who had also got into a skirmish with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in 2014.