Yordano Ventura, Manny Machado suspended, fined for brawl
Orioles shortstop Manny Machado and Royals pitcher Yordana Ventura have both been suspended and fined for their roles in a brawl on Tuesday, the MLB announced.
Machado is suspended for four games and faces a $2,500 fine, while Ventura has been suspended for nine games.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Machado is expected to appeal. Machado charged the mound after being hit by Ventura’s fastball during the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game. The benches cleared and players had to be separated. Machado punched Ventura and both players were ejected.
"I don't regret anything," Machado said afterward. "It's part of the game. Reactions fly. When somebody's throwing 99 at you, it's going to hurt. You can ruin someone's career. You don't think in that situation. You just react to it."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters after the game he thought the pitch was deliberate, which Ventura denied through a translator. The Orioles went on to win 9–1.
Machado, 23, is batting .303 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs this season. Ventura is 4–4 with a 5.32 ERA in 12 starts.