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Baseball notes: Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera suspended five games
Baseball notes: Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera suspended five games

Major League Baseball suspended Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera five games and fined him and starting pitcher Yordano Ventura on Tuesday after both targeted Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie during a testy series over the 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 night left the Kansas City...

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