David Ortiz, Kevin Gregg drop their appeals

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In an utterly not unexpected move, both David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg dropped their suspensions arising out of their actions during the last series between the Red Sox and Orioles.  Each suspension was reduced from four games to three and their fines — originally $2,500 — were reduced as well.

Conveniently enough, today marks the beginning of another Red Sox-Orioles series, so the absence of the primary combatants will likely mean a lower likelihood of retribution, misguided or otherwise.

On Friday Ortiz said he was going to see his appeal all the way through.  My guess is that was just talk, borne of baseball frowning upon guys making it painfully obvious that they do things like appeal their suspension while playing the Rays, and then serve it while playing the Orioles.  But that’s what happens all the time anyway, and it appears to be happening here.

Red Sox Triple-A team to ban people named Tyler and Austin from stadium on May 5 and 6 as part of promotion

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The Pawtucket Red Sox, obviously the Triple-A affiliate of the Red Sox, have come up with an interesting promotion for the weekend of May 5 and 6, when they host the Yankees’ Triple-A team from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

This, of course, references last week’s benches-clearing fracas between the Red Sox and Yankees that involved Joe Kelly and Tyler Austin. Kelly slid hard into second base, which upset Brock Holt. The benches emptied as the two jawed at each other, but no punches were thrown. Later in the game, Kelly threw at Austin and the benches emptied again. Punches were thrown this time and both players were given suspensions.

The major league Red Sox visit the Yankees May 8-10. As far as we’re aware, people named Joe or Kelly are allowed to attend.