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MLB suspends auction for Strickland's brawl-worn jersey

MLB suspends auction for Strickland's brawl-worn jersey

MILWAUKEE -- If you were hoping to own the jersey Hunter Strickland wore when he threw punches at Bryce Harper, you're out of luck. 

Strickland's game-used jersey was on sale through MLB.com's auction site, with the bidding reaching $1,500 as it approached the final hour. But late Wednesday, MLB suspended the auction, replacing the bidding field with a note that said the winning bid was instead just $200. 

It's unclear what exactly happened, but the league was likely responding to several national reporters pointing out the strange nature of the jersey being up for sale. Strickland is currently waiting for a June 13 hearing that will determine if his suspension is cut down from six games. The Giants are hopeful one game will be knocked off. 

Teams have become very aggressive in recent years about getting game-used items into team stores and up on the online auction site, and the Giants split the proceeds with their players, 50-50. Often times, items are sold during the game in which they were used. That famously happened with Hunter Pence's broken-bat in 2012. 

Other items from that game remain up for grabs, including the lineup card, first base, and Christian Arroyo's cleats.

Watch Giants end skid on perfect relay throw home to beat Pirates

Watch Giants end skid on perfect relay throw home to beat Pirates

What looked like a possible nightmare turned into triumph for the Giants on Sunday. 

With two outs and the Giants leading the Pirates 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, former San Francisco top draft prospect Bryan Reynolds stepped to the plate for Pittsburgh and looked to stay hot against his former franchise.

Reynolds rocketed a line drive down the right-field line off closer Will Smith. The rest was perfection for the Giants and pure ugliness for the Pirates.

Steven Duggar hit second baseman Joe Panik with a perfect relay throw as the Pirates' Jung Ho Kang raced around the bases. It's safe to say Kang should have stayed at third. Instead, he was out by a mile while trying to tie up the score, as Panik's throw to catch Buster Posey easily beat him to the plate.

[RELATED: Watch Posey end homer drought with three-run dinger]

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Giants, who are 2-4 on their current road trip. They head to Toronto for two more games away from San Francisco.

Watch Buster Posey end homer drought with three-run dinger vs. Pirates

Watch Buster Posey end homer drought with three-run dinger vs. Pirates

Welcome back to the Home Run Club, Buster Posey.

Posey hit his first home run of the 2019 season Sunday in Pittsburgh. The deep fly to dead-center field was a three-run shot that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead over the Pirates in the fifth inning.

According to Statcast, the three-run homer came 107.1 mph off Posey's bat with a 24-degree launch angle, and traveled 409 feet. 

Not only was it the Giants catcher's first homer of 2019, it was his first in 237 at-bats. He last went deep on June 19, 2018, with a solo shot off Dan Straily in a 6-3 win over the Marlins. 

Clearly, Posey was relieved.

With the drought over, Posey has completed a piece of history. The Pirates were the last team he hadn't homered off since entering the league in 2009.

Posey is just the seventh Giant -- including pitcher Madison Bumgarner -- to homer this season.