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Cubs to Nationals: Up 7-2, You Don't Swing at 3-0 Pitches, or We'll Throw at You

Benches emptied twice during the Cubs and Nationals game, and afterward …

“You know, you’re up 7-2, Lendy Castillo’s pitching,” Clevenger said. “It’s 3-0, you don’t swing 3-0 in that situation. But things happen.”

Clevenger and Cubs manager Dale Sveum both denied Castillo was intentionally throwing at Harper.

“Castillo’s a Rule 5 [Draft] kid who’s thrown a lot of [those kind of] pitches,” Sveum said. “There was no intention to hit Bryce Harper or anything because of what happened. There was nothing intentional. We’re not going to hit their players for no reason. There was no reason to hit anybody.”

The Cubs are 31.5 games behind the Reds in the NL Central. The Nationals, winners of five in a row, lead the Braves by 7.5 in the East and nobody’s talking about the Strasburg shutdown. [MLB.com]

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