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BC-BBN--Braves-Gausman Suspended

May 6, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman has been suspended for five games and fined for throwing a 97 mph fastball behind Miami’s Jose Urena last week.

Gausman appealed the penalty imposed Monday by Chief Baseball Office Joe Torre. Gausman can continue to play until there’s a final ruling.

Gausman’s first pitch to Urena in the second inning Friday was knee-high behind the batter, and plate umpire Jeff Nelson immediately signaled the ejection.

The game was Urena’s first against the Braves since he was suspended for six games for intentionally hitting Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. on an arm with a pitch last August, triggering a bench-clearing confrontation.

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