Washington Nationals starting pitcher A.J. Cole delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gene J. Puskar
September 27, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Washington Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole has been suspended for five games and fined for throwing a pitch near the head of Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Saturday.

Cole appealed the punishment announced by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

Cole is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA in seven starts this season for the NL East champion Nationals. The 24-year-old right-hander is a long shot to make Washington's postseason roster.

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