Major League Baseball has fined Manny Machado for running into Jesús Aguilar


The incident in question occurred in the 10th inning Tuesday after Machado dragged his left foot into Aguilar's back leg during a routine play at first base. Machado had 37 homers and 107 RBIs in the regular season, and he batted.242 with three homers and nine RBIs in the first eight games of the postseason.

Cody Bellinger singled home the winning run in the 13th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night and tying the NL Championship Series at two games apiece.

Aguilar immediately got in Machado's face and the Brewers remained livid well after the game, with the usually mild-mannered Christian Yelich saying it was a "dirty play by a dirty player".

"I don't think we're too concerned about any other teams' comments about our players", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday before Game 5. "If that's dirty, that's dirty. I mean, I don't know, call it what you want".

Machado also caused controversy Monday in Game 3 of the NLCS with two hard slides into second base while shortstop Orlando Arcia attempted to turn double plays.

Nothing happened beyond that spirited argument, and the bad feelings were gone when Machado singled in the 13th inning.

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"You saw the replay, probably", Machado said. Yelich said if a play like that happened one time from Machado it might be considered an accident, but he sees it as a pattern.

While the Milwaukee Brewers didn't shy away from calling Machado a "dirty player", the Major League Baseball doesn't believe that his actions warrant a suspension.

"It absolutely is. I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can't respect someone who plays the game like that".

Did Machado intentionally come in spikes high on the veteran second baseman? Machado's actions in Game 4 later followed. "I try to go out there and win for my team".

The five-hour, 15-minute game was the second-longest NLCS game by time, behind Game 5 of the 1999 series between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves which took 5:46. Then Machado hit a slow bouncer to short that was turned into a double play because, as Machado told Ken Rosenthal, he is not about to be "Johnny Hustle" busting it down the line.

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