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Benches clear as Bryce Harper charges mound in Nationals vs. Giants

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Benches clear as Bryce Harper charges mound in Nationals vs. Giants

Fireworks came early when the Nationals-Giants ballgame turned into a wild boxing match on Monday. 

The gloves came off and benches cleared after San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland pegged 2015 N.L. MVP Bryce Harper with a fastball in the eighth inning.

To put it mildly, Harper did not take that too kindly as he charged the mound and launched his helmet in the direction of Strickland, missing wide. Punches for both parties, however, connected. Each side got in a nice right hook, leading to a massive scrum near the mound. 

It took about five Giants players and coaches to separate Strickland from the brawl, and even in the dugout he remained emotional. For Harper, it resulted in his ninth career ejection.   

The two competitors do have some history. Three years ago, Harper hit two home runs off of Strickland, admiring both for a long time. 

This is just Game 1 of the series, so the bad blood may be just beginning. 

Nerds in Sports Podcast: Our spoiler free preview of ‘The Last Jedi’ with SyFy.com’s Shana O’Neil

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Nerds in Sports Podcast: Our spoiler free preview of ‘The Last Jedi’ with SyFy.com’s Shana O’Neil

On this edition of Nerds in Sports we offer a spoiler free preview of ‘The Last Jedi’ with SyFy.com’s Shana O’Neil.

Shana shares her review of the film, why a new character is the breakout star, and why she has full confidence in Rian Johnson leading us into a new trilogy.

Plus how Johnson takes the film into a completely new direction never seen before in a Star Wars film. We’ll also discuss the end of ‘Rebels’ and is the best pilot of the SW universe from the films? Kevin Anderson and Michael Piff co-host.

Listen to the full Nerds in Sports Podcast right here:

Where does ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ rank among Marvel movies with Chris Sosa

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Where does ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ rank among Marvel movies with Chris Sosa

Following the opening weekend success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest hit, "Thor: Ragnarok," Chris Sosa from the Chicago Tribune joins Michael Piff and Eric Strobel to discuss the movie.

Where does it rank among their favorite MCU films? Which characters surprised them most? What is Marvel getting right that DC isn’t and what do you say to people who get superhero fatigue?

React while you listen by tweeting to @NerdsInSports.