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Major League Baseball suspended Orioles third baseman Manny Machado for five games and fined him an undisclosed amount for “intentionally throwing his bat on the field” during Sunday’s game against the Oakland A’s. Oakland reliever Fernando Abad, who intentionally threw at Machado on the pitch prior to his bat toss, was fined an undisclosed amount but not suspended.

Machado, who said Sunday that the bat slipped out of his hands, apologized Monday for the way he acted and for letting his emotions get the best of him during the three-game series. On Friday, the 21-year-old confronted A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson after what he perceived as an overly aggressive tag, causing the benches to clear.

Machado is in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox and will appeal his suspension in hopes of getting it reduced.

“Obviously (I) don’t want to be down for five days,” Machado told reporters. “Need to try and help this team in any way. We have a lot of tough games up on the road. Need to be a part of this team. Been helping this team for a long time and I don’t want to be down for so many days.”

In 2002, Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon was suspended for four games for intentionally throwing his bat at Tampa Bay pitcher Ryan Rupe after Rupe plunked Nomar Garciaparra and Shea Hillenbrand. Still, the length of Machado’s suspension — and the news that he wouldn’t just accept his penalty — came as a surprise to some.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Buster Olney expressed his concern about the message MLB is sending with its latest punishments after suspending Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman six games last week for throwing at Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria.

As many people have pointed out, a six-game suspension for a starting pitcher who pitches every five days should not be considered a stiffer penalty than a five-game suspension for an everyday position player. Abad likely would’ve been suspended had a warning been issued before he threw inside to Machado.

Machado said he didn’t care that Abad wasn’t also suspended, while teammate Adam Jones offered one of the better reactions to the whole ordeal.