Friday, September 21, 2018
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RHP Ventura begins his suspension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals RHP Yordano Ventura started serving his suspension after it was cut from nine games to eight.

Major League Baseball and the Royals announced Ventura would begin sitting out Saturday night, when Kansas City hosted Detroit. Ventura was originally suspended nine games for his role in a bench-clearing brawl June 7 at Baltimore.

Ventura twice brushed back Orioles 3B Manny Machado, then hit him in the back with a 99 mph fastball. Machado charged the mound and swung at Ventura, and they wrestled on the ground. Ventura also hit Machado with a pitch in September.

Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing three weeks with a leg injury. He started Saturday against the Orioles. The five-time All-Star was batting only .204 with eight homers and 23 RBIs before going on the DL on May 28 with a strained right quad.

Cardinals: OF Tommy Pham was recalled from Triple-A Memphis and OF Randal Grichuk was optioned to to Triple A. Pham injured his oblique on opening day. He was hitting a combined .250 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 37 games with Memphis and Double-A Springfield.

Cubs: OF Dexter Fowler left the game against the Pirates because of discomfort in his right hamstring. He came up hobbling after running out a grounder to third leading off the bottom of the first inning. Albert Almora replaced him in center.

Marlins: Ichiro Suzuki walked on four pitches as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, leaving his career hit total at 2,980.

Orioles: Manager Buck Showalter said he has spoken with Machado after consecutive days of the slugger failing to run out hits that could have led to extra bases. "It's something you just can't do," Showalter said. "It'll catch up with you and it has at times." Machado played in his 229th straight game Saturday, the longest active streak in the majors, but the streak will end when he serves his suspension for the bench-clearing incident with Ventura. … Also, the team reinstated SS J.J. Hardy and RHP Yovani Gallardo from the 15-day DL, sending LHP T.J. McFarland and RHP Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Rangers: RHP Tom Wilhelmsen declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, making him a free agent.

Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood left the game at Miami in the second inning with back spasms. Chatwood threw 48 pitches, the last of which sailed to the backstop for his third walk. A trainer then went to the mound accompanied by manager Walt Weiss, and Chatwood left the game after a brief conversation. "It just popped up on him," Weiss said. "Didn't look right. Body language was a little off."

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