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Machado suspension, dipping tobacco among topics at State of the Orioles

Machado suspension, dipping tobacco among topics at State of the Orioles

With a decision on Manny Machado’s appeal to reduce a five-game suspension still pending, the third baseman played Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. But executive vice president Dan Duquette, speaking before the game to several hundred season-ticket holders at the annual "State of the Orioles" address, said Major League Baseball should reconsider why Machado was fined and suspended for throwing his bat against the Oakland Athletics on June 8 while reliever Fernando Abad, who threw near Machado’s knees twice, received just an undisclosed fine. “When [Abad] comes in from the bullpen, and he goes after the league’s best defensive player in an area...

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