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Welch dies at 57

(TSX) — Former Cy Young Award winner Bob Welch died Monday night in Seal Beach, Calif. at age 57, the Oakland Athletics announced.

The A’s said Tuesday in a statement that the cause of death was unavailable.

Welch won the American League Cy Young Award in 1990 when he went 27-6 and helped the A’s claim the American League championship. The 27 wins remain tied for the most in the major leagues since Philadelphia’s Steve Carlton won the same number in 1972.

Welch, who began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, retired after the baseball strike in 1994-95. He finished with a 211-146 record and a 3.47 ERA in 462 starts and 506 appearances. Welch had 1,969 strikeouts, 1,034 walks, 28 shutouts and 61 complete games while pitching 3,092 innings.

After he left the majors, Welch authored a book about his struggles with alcoholism. He also worked as a pitching coach for Arizona State and with the Arizona Diamondbacks during their World Series season in 2001. He spent the past few years in Arizona working in various capacities in baseball.

Orioles’ Machado suspended

Major League Baseball suspended Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado for five games and fined him an undisclosed amount for intentionally flinging his bat on the field during Sunday’s game against the Oakland Athletics in Baltimore.

Joe Garagiola Jr., MLB’s senior vice president of standards and operations, also announced that A’s pitcher Fernando Abad received an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at Machado during the eighth inning.

Unless Machado appeals, the suspension would begin Tuesday night when the Orioles play the Boston Red Sox. If he appeals, the suspension would be put on hold until a hearing is convened.

Machado apologized for his behavior afterward. But that might not stop the Orioles from demoting him.

Machado was part of two benches-clearing incidents during the weekend series with the A’s On Friday, he took exception with what he considered a hard tag by Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson and confronted him, resulting in the two needing to be separated.

The 21-year-old Machado came back from offseason knee surgery after missing all of April and is batting just .229 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 35 games. Last year, Machado was an All-Star who finished with a .283 average and 14 homers