Hunter drops ap­peal of ban

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL -

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.

Etc.

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.

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