Monday, April 23, 2018
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Ban for Texas' Odor cut to seven games

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor started serving his suspension Friday for punching Toronto's Jose Bautista after the penalty was reduced from eight to seven games.

Odor was out of the lineup for the series opener against Pittsburgh. He will be eligible to return June 4 when Texas is home against Seattle.

Bautista was suspended one game, and he was serving that Friday, when the penalty was upheld a day after his appeal was heard.

The Rangers promoted former top prospect Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock, and he started against the Pirates as the leadoff hitter playing second base. Odor had been leading off.

Odor's penalty was cut by Major League Baseball special assistant John McHale Jr. The appeal over Odor's role in a May 15 brawl between the Rangers and Blue Jays was heard Tuesday. The league disciplined 14 players and staff over the melee in Arlington.

"I tend to live by the decision and move on," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "I don't get caught up into thinking something's fair or not. We live with it and move on."

The team also placed RHP Shawn Tolleson on MLB's family medical emergency list. That leave is a minimum three days and a maximum seven. Tolleson, who has 11 saves but lost his role as the Rangers closer after four blown saves, is going to be with his father, who is battling colon cancer. Tolleson is from the Dallas area.

Odor punched Bautista in the jaw in the top of the eighth inning of the May 15 game after Bautista made a hard takeout slide at second base on Odor, which started the bench-clearing brawl.

Buchholz to pen: Struggling Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is being moved to the bullpen and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will take Buchholz's spot in the rotation, starting Tuesday at Baltimore. Buchholz is 2-5 with a 6.35 ERA in 10 starts and has allowed five earned runs or more six times. He gave up season-highs of six runs and three home runs in Thursday's 8-2 loss to Colorado.

Braves: OF Hector Olivera agreed to accept a suspension through Aug. 1 for his arrest on domestic violence charges. The suspension, announced by commissioner Rob Manfred, is without pay and covers 82 games, retroactive to April 30. … Utility INF Reid Brignac, a former Ray, was designated for assignment and 3B Adonis Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Mariners: OF Leonys Martin went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and the team recalled OF Stefen Romero before Friday's game against Minnesota.

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