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Yasiel Puig suspended, Nick Hundley fined for Dodgers-Giants fight

Yasiel Puig suspended, Nick Hundley fined for Dodgers-Giants fight

Major League Baseball suspended Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for two games Thursday for fighting and inciting a bench-clearing incident in Tuesday's game against the Giants. 

Giants catcher Nick Hundley, whom Puig shoved, was not suspended. Instead, he was fined an undisclosed amount of money for his role in the fracas.

Puig also was fined an undisclosed amount. 

Hundley was asked after the game if he expected any punishment for himself or for Puig. 

“I was defending myself. He was defending himself,” Hundley said. "I don’t see why it should go any further than that."

Puig's suspension will begin Friday when the Dodgers face the Mariners. If Puig appeals the suspension and loses, it will begin once the process is complete. 

Mets vs. Giants lineups: Donovan Solano in for Joe Panik for matinee

Mets vs. Giants lineups: Donovan Solano in for Joe Panik for matinee

The 10-inning game Friday night had just ended before prepping for the third of a four-game series. Saturday's matchup has the Giants hoping they can continue to figure out the Mets.

New York's ending to the game was heartbreaking, to say the least. A bad catch attempt on a routine fly ball to left field let Alex Dickerson cross the plate in walk-off fashion

Jeff Samardzija takes the hill for the Orange and Black and hopes to keep the momentum going. He's improved his ERA to 3.93 this season -- across his last three starts, he's boasting a 1.66 ERA with 17 strikeouts and three walks.

Mets' Zack Wheeler would have been the starter on Saturday if it weren't for some shoulder fatigue. Walker Lockett will get those honors. His numbers aren't as impressive as Jeff Samardzija, however.

The righty is making his third start of the season and currently has an 11.74 ERA. 

The San Francisco Chronicle's Hank Schulman reported pitcher Conner Menez was in the Giants' clubhouse but was told there is no trade involved which means more than likely someone is going to be removed from the roster.

Here are how the lineups look to shape up for the third game of the series:

New York Mets (44-53)

Jeff McNeil, RF
Michael Conforto, CF
Wilson Ramos, C
Robinson Cano, 2B
Todd Frazier, 3B
Dominic Smith, 1B
J.D. Davis, LF
Amed Rosario, SS

Walker Lockett, P (0-1, 11.74 ERA)

San Francisco Giants (49-49)

Brandon Belt, 1B
Buster Posey, C
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Kevin Pillar, CF
Donovan Solano, 2B

Jeff Samardzija, P (7-7, 3.93 ERA)

MLB rumors: Nationals 'interested in' trade for Giants' Sam Dyson

MLB rumors: Nationals 'interested in' trade for Giants' Sam Dyson

Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith are the two biggest names on the Giants that are synonymous with being moved before the July 31 trade deadline.

It appears Sam Dyson is the latest name being considered, and MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal is reporting through sources that the 31-year-old reliever could be tempting to the Washington Nationals:

Rizzo mentioned during the interview that he wants to work on improving the organization, which goes unsaid, but the Nats are dealing with a team that came into the season with high expectations. And now the team, despite being second in the NL East, are scraping by and are 5.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves.

So work needs to be done.

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The Nationals president of baseball operations appears to want to make it rain on some rentals with the big picture of the future on his mind. That's why he wants the control -- and with that said, he more than likely won't be dipping into his farm system.

That means, the ROI on someone of Dyson's caliber won't stick to the theme Farhan Zaidi likes with the young bucks, but the Giants president of baseball operations said he wouldn't hesitate to add someone to the roster for immediate impact.

The wait continues ...