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Yordano Ventura suspended nine games for hitting Manny Machado


Royals starter Yordano Ventura has received a nine-game suspension for hitting Orioles third baseman Manny Machado with a pitch as well as his involvement in an ensuing altercation, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports. Ventura will appeal the suspension, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko.

The disparity in punishment between Ventura and Machado likely has to do with Ventura being a pitcher, so a nine-game suspension will ultimately mean one missed start. Effectively, Ventura’s punishment isn’t as harsh.

Ventura might put the time off to good use. He’s carrying a 5.32 ERA with a 44/35 K/BB ratio in 65 innings.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.