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Baseball Astros’ Jake Marisnick suspended two games for violent home-plate collision with Angels catcher Lucroy

Houston Astros' Jake Marisnick, right, collides with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy while trying to score during the eighth inning of a game on July 7, 2019, in Houston.

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Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick has been suspended for two games by Major League Baseball after his violent home-plate collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The suspension was announced Thursday before the AL West-leading Astros played a series opener at Texas in their first game after the all-star break. Marisnick also was fined.

Lucroy was carted off the field last Sunday after the collision at the end of the eighth inning of a game at Houston (the Astros won 11-10 in 10 innings). The Angels catcher sustained a concussion and broken nose. Marisnick was called out for colliding with Lucroy and the call was upheld after a crew chief review.

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Marisnick said afterward that it was a “bad play” and that he hoped Lucroy was okay. He also posted on his Twitter later that he “made a split second decision at full speed” and he felt awful that another player got hurt.

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