Hunter drops appeal of ban
Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter dropped the appeal of his two-game suspension and started serving it Saturday.
Hunter was in the original lineup for Saturday’s game at Texas. His decision was announced by the Twins about an hour before the scheduled first pitch in the middle gameof a three-game series.
After sitting out consecutive day games Saturday and Sunday, Hunter will be reinstated before Monday’s gameat St. Louis.
Major League Baseball on Friday suspended Hunter and also fined him an undisclosed amount for his equipment-throwing tantrum during Wednesday’s home game against Kansas City.
Hunter said Friday that he was appealing, calling the two-game suspension a “little harsh” before playing in the game.
The Kansas City Royals placed left-hander Jason Vargas, who has a strained left forearm, on the 15day disabled list, backdated to June9. . . . The New York Mets have reacquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis.