• Major League Baseball suspended eight players resulting from the benches-clearing brawl that took place on Tuesday between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Most noteworthy, Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy received a 10-game suspension and Dodgers infielder Eric Hinske was hit with a five-game suspension. Both managers, Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson, were suspended for one game.
• Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg is expected to rejoin the rotation on Sunday against the Indians. Strasburg tested his injured lat muscle in a bullpen session and Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg felt good enough to return.
• Green High School graduate David Lough, now with the Kansas City Royals, had quite the week. On Tuesday, Lough hit his first major-league home run and on Wednesday made a diving catch to rob Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera of extra bases. It was the No. 2 play of the night on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
• The Tigers’ biggest weakness — their bullpen — is starting to crumble even further. In that same Wednesday game, the Tigers were one strike away from beating the Royals before closer Jose Valverde allowed a game-tying home run to Lorenzo Cain. The Tigers then lost the game in extra innings. It’s Valverde’s third blown save in 12 opportunities. This comes after the Tigers’ hopeful closer, Bruce Rondon, couldn’t hit his spots in spring training and lefty Phil Coke proceeded to struggle in that role as well. Still, the Tigers’ starting rotation and lineup has been enough, and they held a 4½-game lead in the American League Central Division heading into Friday and had a run differential of +81 this season.
• Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who two years ago was nearly beaten to death in the parking lot after a Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers game, returned home for the first time earlier this week. Stow had spent a year at the Centre for Neuroskills in Bakersfield, Calif., but his insurance ran out, forcing his return home. Two Dodgers fans await trial and a lawsuit filed by Stow against then-owner Frank McCourt is pending.
• Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, perhaps the best all-around shortstop in the game but one who hasn’t been able to stay on the field, will again be sidelined for an extended period of time. Tulowitzki has been diagnosed with a broken rib after he dove for a ball and will be out for four to six weeks. He was having one of the best starts to a season in his career, hitting .347 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI.
— Ryan Lewis