Clayton Kershaw drops appeal of nearly meaningless 5-game suspension

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Clayton Kershaw initially planned to appeal last week’s five-game suspension for throwing at Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand, but he’s now decided to drop the appeal and will begin serving the suspension immediately.
Five-game suspensions for starting pitchers are pretty close to meaningless, and in this case all it means is that Kershaw will make his next start with an extra day of rest. He’s now scheduled to pitch Sunday, coincidentally against Rowand and the Giants.
Kershaw has emerged as the Dodgers’ ace as a 22-year-old this season by going 10-5 with a 2.96 ERA and 138/58 K/BB ratio in 131 innings, including shutting out the Mets for eight innings last night.

Miguel Cabrera, Dee Gordon win AL and NL batting titles, respectively

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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.

Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.

Report: Angels to announce Billy Eppler as new GM on Monday

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Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.

Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.

The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.