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Phillies’ Victorino Hits Home Run After Appealing Three-Game Ban

Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino has appealed a three-game suspension from Major League Baseball for his role in an Aug. 5 bench-clearing incident against the San Francisco Giants.

Victorino can continue playing for the Phillies, who have the best record in the majors, until the appeal process is complete. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and three runs scored in last night’s 5-3 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Victorino is hitting .310 with 12 homers and 41 runs batted in this season.

The Phillies’ centerfielder was disciplined because his “aggressive actions prolonged the bench-clearing incident,” MLB said yesterday in a statement.

Victorino was hit in the back by a pitch from San Francisco’s Ramon Ramirez four days ago after the Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins stole second base with a six-run lead. Victorino began walking toward the mound, prompting players from both teams to run onto the field. Placido Polanco of the Phillies was tackled by Giants catcher Eli Whiteside during the fray.

Victorino, Whiteside, Polanco and Ramirez were fined undisclosed amounts by baseball for their involvement in the incident.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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