Kinsler drops appeal of suspension, takes Sunday off

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Here’s an odd turn of events.

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was suspended one game by Major League Baseball in mid-September for celebrating a walkoff win despite being ejected earlier in the contest.  Kinsler appealed, and a report came out last week that suspected MLB would simply drop the punishment.

Now Kinsler has dropped his appeal, according to ESPN Dallas, choosing to take the day off Sunday in the wake of the Rangers clinching the American League West.  Some in the industry call it “hangover day,” and he probably wouldn’t have played anyway.

So that’s where we sit.  The Rangers are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 1999 and Kinsler will take in Sunday’s series finale against the A’s from a skybox.

Kinsler, 28, has hit .275/.376/.438 this month with three home runs, seven RBI, 12 walks and four stolen bases.  He’s getting hot at exactly the right time.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.