New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia was suspended for five games Saturday for hitting a Tampa Bay batter, a penalty that won’t take effect until next year.

Sabathia appealed the ban. Any games he misses will come at the start of the 2019 season.

The Yankees will host Oakland in the American League wild-card game Wednesday.

Sabathia, 38, was penalized for hitting Rays catcher Jesus Sucre in the leg leading off the bottom of the sixth inning at Tropicana Field on Thursday. The lefty was ejected, and the benches cleared.

“It is what it is,” Sabathia said Saturday. “Everybody saw what happened.”

Sabathia was cruising with a big lead when he got tossed. He needed two more innings to trigger a $500,000 bonus for pitching 155 innings this season.

In the fifth, Sabathia hit Jake Bauers in the wrist with a pitch. In the top of the sixth, Rays pitcher Andrew Kittredge threw up-and-in to Yankees catcher Austin Romine.

Kittredge was suspended three games and fined. Sabathia also was fined an undisclosed amount.

"It’s behind us," Sabathia said. "It’s over. We’ll just move on,” he said.

Fan hits Giancarlo Stanton

with his own home run ball

Giancarlo Stanton has been plunked plenty of times. But by his own home run ball?

The New York Yankees star homered in the seventh inning Saturday over the Green Monster against the host Boston Red Sox. Stanton then got quite a surprise while rounding second base at Fenway Park.

A man wearing a black T-shirt heaved the souvenir from his first-row seat on top of the left-field wall, and the ball took a hop and bounced off Stanton.

“I wouldn’t have thought it got to me that fast with a fan throwing it,” Stanton said. “I’ve never seen it happen before, so that wasn’t my first thought.”

The slugger continued his home run trot, but turned his head, smiled and appeared to tip his cap to the fan.