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Video: Braves' Josh Donaldson, Pirates' Joe Musgrove Spark Bench-Clearing Fight

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIJune 11, 2019

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 10: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves is restrained after being hit by a pitch as he charges Joe Musgrove #59 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of an MLB game at SunTrust Park on June 10, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Death, taxes and a baseball brawl caused by an errant pitch. 

A shoving match broke out at SunTrust Park Monday when Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove hit Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson with a pitch in the bottom of the first inning. 

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Benches clear as #Braves' Josh Donaldson is hit by a pitch by Pirates' Joe Musgrove. https://t.co/7xKeHgC9Fn

Donaldson, Musgrove and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle were all ejected. Musgrove was replaced by Alex McRae, while Johan Camargo came in for Donaldson.

Musgrove's early ejection presents a tricky situation for the Pirates' bullpen as MLB.com's Adam Berry pointed out the club was already without starters for Wednesday or Thursday. 

Pirates starter Jameson Taillon, who is currently rehabbing a strained right elbow in Florida, voiced his displeasure with the umpires' decision to eject Musgrove and exacerbate Pittsburgh's pitching woes: 

Jameson Taillon @JTaillon19

Ump Show. @MLB, Clean it up. Joe prepares harder than anyone, and you just took away his start day. No accountability. The pen is messed up for the series now. Guys will get sent down because they will have to eat these innings. Unbelievable.

As this unfolded in the first game of the series, it will certainly be something to watch in the coming days.