BALTIMORE—Manny Machado stood in front of his locker and defended himself. Ninety minutes before, he charged Kansas City Royals’ right-hander Yordano Ventura on the mound, and he wasn’t sorry.
“I don't regret anything. It's part of the game. Reactions fly. When somebody's throwing 99 [mph] at you, it's going to hurt. You can ruin someone's career. You don't think in that situation. You just react to it. It happened. Whatever happened, happened. You just have to move forward. Thank God the team came out there and kept batting, kept swinging the bats how they did. That's all that matters, that we came out with the W,” Machado said.
Nearly two years ago, on June 8, 2014, Machado was suspended for five games for throwing a bat after he thought Oakland’s Fernando Abad was aiming for him. He knows a suspension is likely.
“There’s probably going to be a suspension coming. Who knows what it is?. You got to deal with the consequences once you cross that line. You got to deal with consequences that are going to come your way. It’s going to [stink] that someone’s going to be down but it’s all part of it,” Machado said.
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