Major League Baseball suspended Royals RHP Yordano Ventura for nine games and Orioles 3B Manny Machado for four games after a bench-clearing brawl ignited when Ventura hit Machado with a pitch Tuesday.
Ventura received a heftier penalty for intentionally throwing at Machado and fighting, MLB said Thursday. Machado was suspended for charging the mound and fighting.
Both players are appealing and can play in the meantime.
Last season Ventura drew a seven-game ban after an altercation with the White Sox. In 2014, Machado was suspended five games for throwing his bat toward third base after an inside pitch against Oakland.
COGHLAN BACK TO CUBS: OF Chris Coghlan returned to the Cubs after being dealt to the A's during spring training. The former East Lake standout was acquired for minor-leaguer Arismendy Alcantara. Coghlan struggled in Oakland, hitting .146 in 51 games.
DARVISH OKAY: The Rangers got good news on RHP Yu Darvish a day after he exited early with shoulder stiffness in his third start since last year's Tommy John surgery, and they activated C Robinson Chirinos from the 60-day disabled list for his return from a broken right forearm. Darvish reported no problems after playing catch Thursday and was expected to throw his regular bullpen session today in Seattle. His next scheduled start is Monday in Oakland. The team said his exit was precautionary and that an examination revealed no issues. Chirinos last played April 9.
ANGELS: RHP Cory Rasmus was activated from the 15-day disabled list after recovering from a strained left groin.
WHITE SOX: RHP Tyler Danish, a former Durant High standout, was called up. He was 3-7 with a 4.42 ERA at Double-A Birmingham this season.