Sandoval: 'Giants fans better than N.Y.'

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Sandoval: 'Giants fans better than N.Y.'

KANSAS CITY -- Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval will play in his second All-Star Game Tuesday night but it will be his first as a starter. His selection was not without controversy. Sandoval will take the field at third base ahead of Mets third baseman David Wright. Sandoval finished with 5.7 million votes to Wright's 4.1 million votes.Mets GM Sandy Alderson took a few shots via Twitter:"ASG election of 'Kung Fu Panda' shows the value of a cute nickname. Surprised Giants fans didn't elect a 'ball dude' to start at 3B.""Wright vs. Sandoval: A city of 8 million was outvoted by a city of 800,000."
Wright is hitting .351 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs over 82 games. Sandoval has a .307 average, with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 51 games and admitted to being slightly surprised to edge out Wright.On his selection to the All-Star Game
"I'm excited. Like I always say, it's exciting to be a part of the starting lineup with my teammates. All the support (the fans) do) for us, it's exciting. I get impressed. Every time 42, 000 ... 40,000 people vote for us. It's exciting to be part of that.On Matt Cain starting for the National League"I'm happy. I'm happy to see Cain. He do his thing out there. He deserved that, all the things he's been doing during the season, the perfect game. He deserved to be the starting pitcher for the National League."On being named a starter for the All-Star Game"(I was) surprised a little bit because David Wright is having a great season. I saw some great plays. Beating him is tough because New York has got pretty good fans. But I think this moment showed me that Giants fans are better than New York."On Buster Posey starting a year after his injury"I'm happy for him. He's been through a lot of things, his ankle surgery. He missed all season last year. To get back the way he got back, it's tough. He deserves to be here. He's a great player, great hitter. I'm happy to see my teammate not just for one year but a couple of years. I know him very well. He's a great guy, such a great teammate, so I'm happy for him to be here."

Punches thrown, epic brawl ensues after Strickland hits Harper with pitch

Punches thrown, epic brawl ensues after Strickland hits Harper with pitch

SAN FRANCISCO — Pitchers never forget, and Bryce Harper didn’t either. Three years after Harper took Strickland deep in the NLDS and the two exchanged words, Strickland drilled Harper, setting off a wild, legitimate fight on the mound. 

Harper charged Strickland and tried to throw his helmet before the two started throwing haymakers. A wild brawl ensued, and Strickland had to be dragged off the field by three teammates. Both players were ejected. 

Harper came up with two outs and the Giants trailing by a pair in the eighth. The first pitch was a 98 mph heat-seaker right at Harper’s hip. Harper pointed his bat at Strickland and then tossed it down. Strickland dropped his glove and then Harper threw his helmet, which ended up going toward second base. Each player got at least one good shot in before they were swallowed up by a dogpile. 

Jeff Samardzija — coming from the bench — collided with Michael Morse, who was coming from first. Both appeared to be fine.

Harper and Strickland first crossed paths in the 2014 NLDS, when Harper homered off Strickland in Game 1 and then hit a 97 mph fastball into McCovey Cove to tie Game 4. He watched it fly and the two stared at each other as Harper rounded second. When he reached the dugout, he turned back toward the field and screamed at Strickland.