Blue Jays’ Manoah, Montoyo suspended for intentional throw at Orioles' Franco

The benches cleared and tempers flared between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles after Alek Manoah hit Maikel Franco in the arm with a pitch.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah has been suspended five games and received an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at Maikel Franco in the bottom of the fourth inning of Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Manager Charlie Montoyo also received a one-game suspension for Manoah’s actions, which he will serve during Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins.

Manoah plans to appeal his suspension, which was originally scheduled to start on Tuesday.

After Saturday's game, Manoah said he didn’t intend to hit the Orioles third baseman with the pitch, telling reporters that the planned fastball on the inner part of the plate "slipped away" from him.

The benches cleared following the play and both teams gathered near home plate to exchange words. No physical altercations appeared to take place.

The right-hander was later ejected from the game for the intentional throw. Although the Blue Jays trailed 5-2 at the time of the incident, Toronto went on to beat the Orioles 10-7 on Saturday.

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