Twins' Hunter drops appeal of two-game suspension
Twins outfielder Torii Hunter has dropped his appeal of his two-game suspension and will begin serving the suspension Saturday, the team announced.
Hunter was suspended two games by Major League Baseball for an incident in Wednesday's game against Kansas City in which he was ejected from the game. After his ejection in the eighth inning of Minnesota's loss, Hunter not only threw his jersey onto the field but also made contact with crew chief Jeff Kellogg.
Hunter was originally ejected by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger for arguing a called third strike that Hunter believed was a ball. It was the ninth ejection of Hunter's 19-year major league career. Manager Paul Molitor was also ejected during the incident, the first ejection of his managerial career.
Because the suspension begins Saturday, Hunter will miss the Twins' final two games against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. He will be eligible to return to Minnesota's lineup on Monday in St. Louis. With Hunter out, the Twins will be missing their RBI leader as Hunter's 36 RBI are tops on the team.
Hunter was also suspended in 2010 while playing for the Los Angeles Angels. He was hit with a four-game suspension for throwing a bag of baseballs onto the field, but he did not appeal that suspension.
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