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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.

Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name

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The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.

Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.

As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.

Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.

The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”