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Nats pitcher Nolin suspended for intentionally hitting Braves batter

(AFP)

Major League Baseball has suspended Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Nolin five games for intentionally hitting Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.

MLB meted out the punishment — which included a fine — on Friday, two days after Nolin plunked Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the first inning in Atlanta.

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Nolin opted to appeal the suspension, and can play until the appeal is resolved.

In addition, Nationals manager Dave Martinez has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine as a result of Nolin’s actions.

Martinez was due to serve his suspension on Friday night when the Nationals hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Nolin was ejected in the first inning of Wednesday’s game after first throwing behind Freeman and then hitting him with a pitch.

MLB judged the moved to be intentional as it came a day after Atlanta closing pitcher hit Nationals star Juan Soto with a pitch.

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