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Atlanta Braves’ Jason Heyward, right, is hit by a pitch from New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese, not pictured, and is tended to by Mets catcher John Buck and home plate umpire Greg Gibson during the sixth inning Wednesday in New York. Reuters

Intentional or not, HBPs can do a lot of damage

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was livid, veins bulging in his neck, as he peppered home plate umpire Brian O’Nora with profanity after Boston’s Ryan Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez in the left elbow on a 3-0 pitch.


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