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No Angel: Astros' Fiers banned 5 games for retaliating vs LA

Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers has been suspended five games for throwing a fastball over the head of Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Valbuena in an act of retaliation. Valbuena was a part of that beatdown, hammering a two-run home run in the first inning. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement. Fiers is not appealing his suspension, McTaggart notes, so his suspension will begin tonight.

Fiers, 32, isn't having a great season anyway. But they're obviously not friendly enough that a bat flip gets a pass.

Valbuena admired the shot and flipped his bat, and Fiers' first pitch during the infielder's next at-bat was the one which drew the suspension.

"What he did to me I took it as disrespect", Fiers told reporters after the game.

Fiers was hammered by the Angles on Wednesday to the tune of 10 hits and eight earned runs allowed in just 3.2 innings of work, leading to a loss. Maybe five days off aren't the worst thing in the world for Fiers and his 5.22 ERA.



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