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Dodgers’ Chase Utley Is Suspended for 2 NLDS Games After ‘Illegal’ Slide; Plans to Appeal

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Screaming tabloid headlines were awaiting the Dodgers when they landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Ruben Tejada of the New York Mets is hit by a slide by Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning in an attempt to turn a double play in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Dodger Stadium. (Credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Ruben Tejada of the New York Mets is hit by a slide by Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning in an attempt to turn a double play in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Dodger Stadium. (Credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

“SCREWED!” the back page of the New York Post cried. “UT-TER DISGRACE!” the New York Daily News shrieked.

The furor over Dodgers infielder Chase Utley’s violent takeout slide of shortstop Ruben Tejada only intensified Sunday, as the commissioner’s office suspended the former All-Star for Games 3 and 4 of the National League division series against the New York Mets.

Joel Wolfe, the agent who represents Utley, announced that his client would appeal the two-game ban, which he described in a statement as “outrageous and completely unacceptable.” The Dodgers issued a statement of their own, saying they supported Utley’s decision to appeal his punishment.

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