Reds pitcher Mat Latos revealed after Tuesday night's 4-0 loss against Pittsburgh that he had been fined by Major League Baseball for hitting Pirates second baseman Neil Walker on June 2.
It is part of the on-going beaning war that has been going on between the two teams since last season.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton hit Reds centerfielder Shin-Soo Choo with the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning Tuesday. Reds closer Aroldis Chapman knocked back Walker in the ninth inning of Monday's 4-1 Reds victory, a high-and-tight pitch that Walker didn't appreciate. Morton and Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle both denied hitting Choo on purpose.
"I think it's competitive baseball," said Hurdle. "You use the term beanball, I dont go there. Its competitive baseball. Youve got to do certain things to win and when two teams are focused on winning and neither one wants to blink and they play hard, you push the envelope a lot of different places, not just at the plate getting the ...