Machado appeals 4-game suspension

Machado appeals 4-game suspension

TORONTO -- Manny Machado said Thursday that he will appeal his four-game suspension for his part in Tuesday's benches-clearing brawl with the Royals. The Orioles star received his suspension for charging the mound and fighting after being hit by a pitch from Yordano Ventura, who received a nine-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Machado and fighting.

"I'm obviously appealing it," Machado said before the suspension was official, "and we'll see what happens."

Justice on suspension ruling

Both suspensions had been scheduled to be in effect for each team's next game, with Machado's being Thursday night at Rogers Centre in Toronto and Ventura's being Friday at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. However, both players have elected to appeal. Thus, their suspensions will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was expecting Machado to face discipline.

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"It'll go through the appeal process, see when it comes down, where it finally ends up," Showalter said. "I think we all knew because of its precedent that there would be some type of action. I have to have more knowledge of, 'OK, show me a similar situation, what was the punishment, and all that.'

"I've already talked to Manny about it, we had an idea of what it's going to be, he'll handle it well. His teammates, more importantly, are looking to try and pick up the slack whenever it happens -- whenever we go without him."

Machado was in the lineup Thursday night as Baltimore opened a four-game series against the Blue Jays.

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"They came up with a decision, and obviously I'm going to appeal it, and we'll see what happens going on forward," Machado said. "That's the decision that they made. [I] obviously have to deal with it and see what happens."

Machado, who was batting .303 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs this season, understands the impact that any suspension would have on his team.

"That's obviously an effect, if I'm going to be out," Machado said. "It's going to be tough. I know I'm going to have to deal with the consequences, and I have faith in my teammates that they're going to come up and help me out, step up and do what they have to do to keep winning some games, keep doing what they have to do."

First-place Baltimore (35-23) arrived in Toronto riding a four-game win streak.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.