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Jose Ramirez suspended for throwing high at Jose Fernandez

Atlanta Braves reliever Jose Ramirez has been suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

Major League Baseball announced the penalty Friday, saying Ramirez will appeal.

In the seventh inning Wednesday, Ramirez threw inside to Fernandez -- who had been knocked to the ground by a pitch from Braves starter Julio Teheran in the fifth -- leading to the benches from both teams emptying. No punches were thrown and Ramirez was ejected.

One inning earlier, Fernandez, the Marlins' ace, hit Nick Markakis on the hip with a fastball after Teheran plunked Martin Prado.

Both teams said no warning was issued by plate umpire Marvin Hudson before he tossed Ramirez.

Fernandez maintained he was not trying to hit Markakis, who clocked a two-run homer in Atlanta's four-run second.

"The ball slipped out of my hand and I hit him,'' Fernandez said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.