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Manny Machado suspended four games, fined $2,500

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Orioles shortstop Manny Machado has been suspended four games and fined $2,500 for punching Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura after he was hit by a 99 MPH fastball, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. That’s half the punishment Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor received for punching Jose Bautista last month.

Teammate Adam Jones volunteered to pay Machado’s fine for him. Jones said, via MASN’s Steve Melewski, “I’ve got Manny’s fine and the rest is history. Manny is not at fault for nothing. You get hit with 95 or 98 (mph) and see what you do.”

Machado plans to appeal the suspension, per Nightengale. Appealing allows him to play in the Orioles’ four-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto starting tonight, as a hearing would likely take place next week.

Machado enters play Thursday batting .303/.375/.593 with 15 home runs and 37 RBI in 259 plate appearances.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.