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Cubs’ Jake Arrieta thought ’it was awesome’ to see Nationals and Giants brawl


Harper charged the mound in Monday’s game after being hit by Strickland. The two players had a history with one another, which is part of the reason why emotions were so high.

MLB officials didn’t find the fight as entertaining as Arrieta did. The league dished out a six-game suspension for Strickland and a four-game punishment for Harper.

Baseball’s reigning Most Valuable Player and a rookie contender for this year’s honors are the top vote-getters among American League players for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game.

Mike Trout (776,937) and Aaron Judge (730,438) are far and away the favorites of those who have voted online so far, according to the ballot update released Tuesday. The pair have more than twice as many votes as the outfielder who would start alongside them in Miami in July, Boston’s Mookie Betts (337,473), and easily outdistance the closest contender regardless of position, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (602,238).

While Trout is a deserving leader with his eye-popping .337/.461/.742 slash line, the Angels star is unlikely to be able to play in the July 11 game after undergoing surgery this week to repair a torn thumb ligament.

In 705 plate appearances in 2014, Trout struck out 101 times more than he walked. In 681 plate appearances in 2016, he struck out only 19 times more than he walked. Through 37 games this year, he’s struck out only six times more than he’s walked — by comparison, Trout had 47 strikeouts and 20 walks through his first 36 games in 2014.

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