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Major League Baseball has suspended Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Ureña six games for hitting rookie phenom Ronald Acuña with his first pitch of the game Wednesday night, Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball announced on Thursday..
Ureña was also fined an undisclosed amount.
Acuña had hit a leadoff home run in each of his three previous games when he stepped to the plate against the Marlins right-hander in the bottom of the first inning.
Ureña threw a 97 mph fastball directly at Acuña, hitting him on the left elbow.
After both benches emptied, Ureña and Braves manager Brian Snitker were ejected. Acuña remained in the game momentarily, but exited in the top of the second inning.
In addition, Braves first base coach Eric Young has received a one-game suspension and a fine for his actions during the incident.
Since the Marlins have an off day, Ureña’s suspension is scheduled to take effect on Friday, unless he files an appeal.
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