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Blue Jays SP Alek Manoah suspended five games for throwing at Maikel Franco

Rookie starter was tossed after throwing at Franco on Saturday and will miss one start in the rotation.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah reacts after being thrown out of the game in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays SP Alek Manoah has received a five-game suspension for throwing at Baltimore Orioles 3B Maikel Franco during Saturday’s game. Manoah was ejected from the game and Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo will also receive a one-game suspension for the altercation. Manoah is expected to appeal the suspension.

The rookie pitcher threw a 93.8-mph sinker that Franco in the arm in Saturday’s game after he had gave up back-to-back home runs to Ryan Mountcastle and DJ Stewart. Franco did not like that he was thrown by the Manoah at and both teams benches cleared. Manoah, who surprisingly did not receive a warning, was ejected in the fourth inning.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde thought that Manoah intentionally threw at Franco, while the young pitcher explained after the game that he was just competing.

“I was getting our team back, and then there was something said that I didn’t appreciate,” said Hyde (h/t Keegan Mathieson of MLB. com). “That’s what happened. Then we calmed down and went back to the dugout.”

The Blue Jays ended up winning the game on Saturday afternoon in comeback fashion, 10-7, down at Camden Yards.