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MLB fines Manny Machado for running into Jesús Aguilar

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Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Major League Baseball has fined Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado an undisclosed amount (reportedly $10,000, per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times) for intentionally running into Jesús Aguilar during Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday night. Machado grounded out to shortstop in the 10th inning and dragged his left leg into Aguilar’s right leg, which was on the first base bag. The two jawed at each other and then both teams’ benches emptied. Here’s video:

The two apparently forgave each other for perceived infractions based on the way they interacted with each other after Machado singled in the 13th inning. Other members of the Brewers, as well as Dodgers broadcaster Orel Hershiser, felt Machado’s stunt in the 10th inning was dirty. It was hardly Machado’s first infraction of the series as he drew criticism for failing to run out a ground ball in Game 2 and he made two illegal slides into Orlando Arcia in Game 3 (only one of which was called interference).

Machado, however, scored the game-winning run last night to help the Dodgers even the NLCS at two games apiece. In the series, Machado is hitting .353/.389/.588 with a home run and three RBI. Despite the antics, he is helping the Dodgers stay afloat against the Brewers.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.