HOUSTON — Yuli Gurriel will have to sit out for making a racist gesture toward Yu Darvish — but not during the World Series. Major League Baseball suspended the Astros first baseman Saturday for the first five games of the 2018 season. The punishment came a day after Gurriel's actions toward the Dodgers right-hander during Game 3. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he delayed the punishment so as not to punish Gurriel's teammates.It is believed the Major League Baseball Players Association opposed a suspension during the World Series. Even an expedited appeal might have taken time.The Cuban-born Gurriel pulled on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish during Houston's 5-3 win Friday night. He also used a derogatory Spanish term in reference to Darvish, who was born in Japan. "I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible," Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros. "I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions. I deeply regret it."I would particularly like to apologize to Yu Darvish, a pitcher that I admire and respect. I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game." Gurriel, who played in Japan in 2014 and is in his second season in the majors, will lose $322,581 of his $12 million salary next year, which the Astros will donate to charitable causes. He also will be required to undergo sensitivity training during the offseason. Darvish said he had seen Gurriel's gesture."Personally, it doesn't really bother me," Darvish said."But I'm sure the Astros have Asian fans, and there are a lot of Asian people all over the world, and to those people, from a humanistic perspective and as a baseball organization, I thought the Astros' image might suffer as a result."Darvish said he was not angry with Gurriel."As teammates, we joke about stuff like that," Darvish said. "He played in Japan and I have respect for him. As citizens of the world, if we can learn from this and take a step forward, I think this could be a good thing."Since we're on the subject …While discussing Gurriel's suspension, Manfred was asked about the Cleveland Indians' grinning, red-faced Chief Wahoo logo, widely criticized as being a racist caricature of Native Americans. Said the commissioner: "I see a difference between behavior from one player directed specifically at a player and a logo. While both are problematic, I don't see them as the same issue. We continue to have conversations with the Indians about the logo, and it's an issue I intend to deal with in the offseason."More Marlins icons walk awayTony Perez and Andre Dawson have ended their association with the Marlins, Perez told FanRag Sports. "They say they wanted us in the organization. But we didn't like the way they wanted us in the organization," Perez said. The two Hall of Famers followed Jeff Conine out the door in Miami after the new ownership group, led by Tampa resident Derek Jeter, offered them greatly diminished salaries and roles.