Nationals’ Jason Marquis, D-backs’ Esmerling Vazquez suspended

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It was a very calm first two months for the MLB discpline department, so apparently Joe Torre and company are making up for lost time.

The Nationals’ Jason Marquis drew a five-game suspension today for throwing at the Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton in Sunday’s game.  Arizona’s Esmerling Vazquez got three games for retaliating as a result of throwing at Danny Espinosa two innings later.

The two managers, Jim Riggleman and Kirk Gibson, were also suspended one game apiece.  Those two suspensions will be served tonight.  The players will appeal.

All four were also fined undisclosed amounts.

Both teams had already been issued warnings before the incidents that led to the player suspensions, so the managerial suspensions were pretty much automatic.  Marquis, though, has denied that he had any intention of throwing at Upton in the sixth, literally pointing to the fact that it was a 1-0 game at the time (he actually motioned to the scoreboard after being tossed).

Aaron Judge was involved in a weird play in the fourth inning

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge found himself front-and-center in a weird play in the bottom of the fourth inning during Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday evening. Judge drew a walk to lead off the frame. After Didi Gregorius lined out, Gary Sanchez flied out to shallow right-center.

Judge must have thought the ball had a high probability of falling in for a hit, so he was past the second base bag around the time he realized his mistake. He retraced his steps, running back to first base. Reddick’s throw hopped a couple of times but first base umpire Jerry Meals called Judge out on the tag-up play.

Manager Joe Girardi requested a review and the call was overturned: Judge was safe. However, Astros manager A.J. Hinch wanted to challenge that Judge did not re-touch second base on his way back. Rather than issuing a formal challenge, the Astros had to appeal the play by having starter Lance McCullers throw to second base, at which point second base umpire Jim Reynolds would issue a ruling. McCullers was a bit hasty, though, and made his appeal throw before Greg Bird stepped into the batter’s box. Reynolds told McCullers that he had to wait. So, McCullers again made his appeal throw.

This time, Judge was running and he was simply tagged out at second base for the final out of the inning. No need for a review.

As Ken Rosenthal explained on the FS1 broadcast, the Yankees were trying to “beat the police.” They knew Judge would have been ruled out — replays clearly showed he never re-touched the base — so they had nothing to lose by sending Judge. If he was safe, the Astros would no longer be able to appeal the play. If he’s out, then it’s the same outcome they would have had anyway.