Washington's Bryce Harper gets suspension reduced 1 game

Major League Baseball has reduced the suspension for Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper by one game, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

Strickland was suspended six games for his part in the fight.

Harper's suspension, delayed while he appealed, will take effect Wednesday night, when the teams meet at 10:15 p.m. ET in San Francisco.

Harper, who originally was suspended four games for charging the mound Monday after getting intentionally hit in the right hip by a 98 miles per hour fastball from reliever Hunter Strickland, will sit out tonight's series finale against the Giants and the first two games of the Nationals' weekend series in Oakland.

Each also was fined an undisclosed amount.

Bryce Harper pointing at Hunter Strickland with his bat.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday night, "I know [Giants catchers] Bruce Bochy didn't give the command and order. I'll just appeal the four games and see what happens".

Harper still sounded bewildered that Strickland would hold a grudge for so long, saying, "It's just insane that it even happened yesterday".

"I'm obviously not thrilled about (the suspension)". "It's their call. We'll go from there". "I don't know. I don't know what was going through his mind or how upset he was the past couple of years".

It is widely believed that Strickland purposely hit Harper in retaliation for Harper mashing a pair of mammoth home runs against him and showboating during the 2014 playoffs.

Washington led 2-0 with two outs in the eighth and none on when Strickland drilled Harper on the first pitch — a 98 miles per hour fastball.

"Probably only Martin Luther King or Gandhi would have turned the other cheek and not done something reactionary", Baker said.

"I talked to Buster, and I don't think he needs to explain it, " Strickland said.

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