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Suspended Cubs rookie Clevenger: No regrets

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PITTSBURGH -- Catcher Steve Clevenger was suspended for one game for his ``aggressive actions and fighting'' during the second of two bench-clearing incidents Thursday in Washington, major league baseball announced Saturday.

He was also fined. Neither bench coach Jamie Quirk nor reliever Manny Corpas - the two other Cubs ejected Thursday - were not suspended.

Clevenger said he ``accepted responsibility'' and served his suspension Saturday night.

The rookie catcher also said he had no regrets about his actions during a two-inning series of events that began with Quirk taking offense at Washington stealing bases and swinging at a 3-0 pitch with a five-run lead. An inning later, Lendy Castillo nearly hit Bryce Harper with a pitch, setting off the second bench-clearing incident - with Clevenger appearing to swing at Washington's Ian Desmond.

``I'm out there, the benches cleared, things happened,'' he said. ``I'm out there trying to protect my team, too. We'll go from there, and I accept responsibility.''

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