Braves Reliever Receives 3 Game Suspension For Throwing Pitch Near Head of Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez

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NEW YORK (AP) – Atlanta Braves reliever Jose Ramirez has been given a three-game suspension by Major League Baseball for throwing a pitch near the head of Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.

The commissioner’s office says Ramirez has decided to appeal, so he remains eligible to pitch until the process is complete.

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The announcement was made Friday by MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr.

Atlanta’s Nick Markakis and Miami’s Martin Prado were hit by pitches during a testy game between the teams Wednesday night. In the seventh inning, Fernandez was batting when he ducked under a high pitch from Ramirez, who was ejected.

Both benches emptied during a brief fracas, but no punches were thrown.

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