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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Pitcher of the Philadelphia and outfielder and first baseman of the Cincinnati were each suspended for their actions during a bench-clearing brawl in a game on Friday, June 13 at Great American Ball Park. Silva was suspended for six games for intentionally throwing at Dunn, which incited the fracas. Dunn and Casey received three-game suspensions for their parts in the altercation. Unless appealed, Dunn and Silva are scheduled to begin serving their suspensions tonight. Casey is slated to start his suspension on Tuesday when the visit St. Louis. Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball, made the disciplinary announcement on Friday. manager Larry Bowa was suspended for one game for the intentional actions of Silva after a warning had been given. Bowa's suspension is scheduled to take effect this Saturday when the host the Boston . In addition, pitcher and catcher of the were each fined an undisclosed amount for their aggressive actions during the incident. The brawl, which occurred during the sixth inning of the ' 15-1 blowout, started shortly after made it a 12-0 game with a two-run homer in the sixth. Silva began throwing inside on Dunn to ignite the scrum. A warning was issued on a inside toss at Dunn's waist, but Silva threw behind the batter on the very next pitch. Dunn started slowly towards the mound at first, but then made a break for Silva. However, catcher tackled Dunn by the ankles and the big outfielder fell to the ground. Silva took a swing at the fallen Dunn as both benches emptied and a brawl ensued. Silva was ejected along with Mesa and Bowa. Dunn and Casey were tossed for Cincinnati. The fight may have stemmed from an earlier incident in the fifth inning. 's RBI single in the same inning scored to give the a 10-0 lead. Dunn also tried to score on the play, but the throw beat him to the plate and he bowled over Lieberthal, who held on to the ball. Dunn was also hit with a pitch by ' starter in the fourth inning. It was the first of two brawls for the in a week. Cincinnati pitcher and pitcher were involved in a bench-clearing incident in a game on Thursday at Great American Ball Park.

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