Roy­als’ Her­rera suspended

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Ma­jor League Base­ball suspended Kansas City re­liever Kelvin Her­rera five games and fined him and Roy­als start­ing pitcher Yor­dano Ven­tura on Tues­day af­ter both tar­geted Oak­land’s Brett Lawrie dur­ing a testy se­ries last week­end.

Her­rera was ejected in the eighth in­ning of Sun­day’s game af­ter throw­ing be­hind Lawrie, the sec­ond time he had thrown in­side to him. Ven­tura was ejected a day ear­lier when he hit Lawrie with a 99-mph fast­ball above the left el­bow im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing Josh Red­dick’s home run. Her­rera is ap­peal­ing the sus­pen­sion.

The two in­ci­dents came af­ter Lawrie’s hard, late slide into Al­cides Es­co­bar at sec­ond base Fri­day left the Roy­als short­stop with a sprained left knee. Es­co­bar and sev­eral team­mates called it a “dirty slide” and un­nec­es­sary given the sit­u­a­tion. Price apol­o­gizes

Cincin­nati Manager Bryan Price apol­o­gized for us­ing foul lan­guage in a pregame tirade Mon­day but said he stood by ev­ery­thing he ut­tered in be­tween the bad words — specif­i­cally his stance that me­dia shouldn’t re­port de­vel­op­ments he thinks would put his team at a com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage.

“I used a lot of bad lan­guage that I feel bad for in the af­ter­math,” Price told re­porters Tues­day be­fore a game at Mil­wau­kee. “And I apol­o­gize for that. The con­tent be­tween the pro­fan­ity is ex­actly how I felt, and I won’t apol­o­gize for that un­der any cir­cum­stances. What I said was ex­actly how I felt.” Or­tiz suspended

Bos­ton des­ig­nated hit­ter David Or­tiz was suspended for one game and fined by MLB for mak­ing con­tact with um­pire John Tumpane, who ejected him from Sun­day’s game against Bal­ti­more dur­ing an ar­gu­ment over a strike call on an at­tempted check swing. Lu­croy side­lined

Mil­wau­kee put All-Star catcher Jonathan Lu­croy on the 15-day dis­abled list and the Brew­ers said he could miss four to six weeks be­cause of a frac­tured left big toe suf­fered when he was struck by a foul ball Mon­day. Etc.

The Chicago Cubs called up an­other of their touted prospects, pro­mot­ing Ad­di­son Rus­sell from triple-A Iowa and start­ing him at sec­ond base against Pitts­burgh. Rus­sell had a tor­rid spring, much like third base­man Kris Bryant, whom the Cubs called up last week. . . . The Pi­rates said a woman in­jured by a foul ball dur­ing Mon­day night’s game against the Cubs has been re­leased from the hos­pi­tal. . . . Ari­zona placed in­fielder Jake Lamb on the dis­abled list be­cause of a stress re­ac­tion in his left foot.

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