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Papelbon suspended by MLB, but will appeal

And boom goes the dynamite. 

After hitting Manny Machado with a pitch near the head Wednesday night, Jonathan Papelbon has been punished with a three game suspension by Major League Baseball. The 34-year-old will, however, appeal the suspension, making him available to pitch during this weekend’s series against his former team, the Phillies.

Here’s MLB’s official statement via The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes:

Papelbon was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger after he drilled the Oriole’s third baseman with a pitch near the head. The video can be seen below.

The first pitch in the at-bat was in the same area, but Machado was able to steer clear of the ball. He wasn’t able to avoid the second attempt, though.

After the game, Papelbon wouldn’t confirm whether or not the pitch was intentional, but said that it didn’t matter if it was or not because “perception is reality.” After MLB’s decision to suspend the closer, it’s pretty clear what the perception is.

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