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.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.