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Minnesota's Torii Hunter drops appeal of two-game suspension

Torii Hunter drops appeal of his two-game suspension and begins serving it Saturday

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 game of a three-game series.

After sitting out consecutive day games Saturday and Sunday, Hunter will be reinstated before Monday's game at 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-suspension a "little harsh" before playing in the game.

The announcement of his decision Saturday to drop the appeal came after the pregame access of reporters in the clubhouse had ended.

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The Kansas City Royals placed a starting pitcher on the 15-day disabled list, but not the one many had been expecting. The move with left-hander Jason Vargas, who has a strained left forearm, is backdated to June 9. Manager Ned Yost is hopeful Yordano Ventura, who was removed because of right hand weakness Friday night, can make his next start. … Twins top prospect Byron Buxton is getting called up to the major leagues. The Twins announced Saturday their plan to select Buxton's contract from double-A Chattanooga, and that the outfielder will be in uniform Sunday for the finale of a three-game series in Texas. …

The New York Mets have reacquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis, claiming the outfielder off waivers from the Angels less than a month after cutting the outfielder and trading him to Los Angeles. … The Cleveland Indians have activated right-handed reliever Scott Atchison from the disabled list. The Indians made the move before Saturday's game against Detroit. Right-hander C.C. Lee was optioned to triple-A Columbus. … The Seattle Mariners have designated Rickie Weeks for assignment and recalled right-hander Danny Farquhar from triple-A Tacoma.

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