Orioles 3B Machado drops appeal, accepts 4-game suspension
BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension for charging the mound and will begin serving the punishment on Sunday.
Manager Buck Showalter said Saturday: ''It's going to start somewhere and it's going to be painful any way you do it.''
Machado rushed toward Kansas City Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura on June 7 after being hit in the back with a 99 mph fastball.
Machado punched Ventura in the face and was subsequently tackled by the pitcher as both benches and bullpens emptied.
Major League Baseball slapped a four-game suspension and a fine on Machado, who immediately appealed.
When he begins his suspension, Machado's run of 229 consecutive starts - the longest current streak in the majors - will come to an end.
Ventura began serving his eight-game suspension on Saturday.
This story has been corrected to show that the brawl occurred during a game on June 7, not June 8.