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Blue Jays' Alek Manoah gets 5-game ban for plunking Orioles' Maikel Franco

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah, shown May 27, 2021, has a 1-0 record and 4.18 ERA over five starts this season. File Photo by Corey Sipkin/UPI
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah, shown May 27, 2021, has a 1-0 record and 4.18 ERA over five starts this season. File Photo by Corey Sipkin/UPI | License Photo

June 22 (UPI) -- Toronto Blue Jays rookie right-hander Alek Manoah was suspended five games and issued a fine for throwing at Baltimore Orioles third baseman Maikel Franco over the weekend and sparking a benches-clearing altercation.

MLB also announced that Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo received a one-game suspension. Montoyo served the ban Tuesday when his team played against the Miami Marlins, while Manoah opted to appeal his suspension.

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Manoah was ejected from Saturday's game against the Orioles for hitting Franco with a pitch after giving up back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning. Manoah plunked Franco on his left shoulder on the first pitch of the at-bat, triggering the benches and bullpens to empty.

The umpires held a brief meeting before tossing Manoah from the game.

"I tried to get that fastball in, and it slipped away," Manoah said following the contest. "I was confused by [Franco's] reaction. I was questioning, 'What's going on? What's wrong?' Those were my hand gestures as I was walking toward him. I didn't understand the frustration there."

Manoah has a 1-0 record and 4.18 ERA over five starts for the Blue Jays this season. The 23-year-old has notched 27 strikeouts to nine walks in the 2021 campaign.

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