Texas pitcher, manager suspended for flap after Tatis slam

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Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward takes the ball from relief pitcher Ian Gibaut during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas rookie pitcher Ian Gibaut was suspended for three games Tuesday, a day after he threw a fastball behind San Diego's Manny Machado following a grand slam in a dust-up over baseball's unwritten rules.

Gibaut appealed the penalty imposed by Major League Baseball and was active for Tuesday’s game against the Padres. Rangers manager Chris Woodward wasn't in the dugout — he was suspended one game and served it.

Gibaut and Woodward also were fined.

The 26-year-old Gibaut came in Monday night in the eighth inning after young Padres slugger Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a grand slam on a 3-0 pitch off Juan Nicasio with San Diego leading by seven runs in a game it eventually won 14-4.

Gibaut threw his first pitch behind Machado. The umpires conferred, and Gibaut stayed in the game.

Woodward immediately displayed his displeasure after Tatis’ slam with what he perceived as a violation of baseball’s understood code of conduct — as in, running up the score in a game already in hand. Woodward later said the pitch got away from Gibaut.

“I’m not pounding my fist on the table saying this was absolutely horrendous,” Woodward said of Tatis’ swing before the suspension was announced. “I just thought it went just past the line."

Padres manager Jayce Tingler said after the game that Tatis missed the take sign from third-base coach Glenn Hoffman. Tatis said he wasn’t aware of such a practice.