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Royals’ Yost says he’s surprised by Ventura’s suspension

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CHICAGO (AP) Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost says he did not expect Yordano Ventura to be suspended nine games by Major League Baseball for his brawl with Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado this week.

Machado was suspended four games and both players were fined an undisclosed amount on Thursday.

Yost says he did “not really” anticipate the punishment and adds the Royals will “just move forward.” He spoke before Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

On Tuesday night in Baltimore, Machado charged the mound after being hit by a 99 mph fastball and punched Ventura in the head as the benches emptied.

Ventura and Machado both have appealed their suspensions. They can continue to play until the process is complete.

Ventura is scheduled to start Sunday against the White Sox.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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