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Nationals' Cole suspended 5 games for throwing at Kang

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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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