Phillies-Giants scuffle leads to three-game suspension for Shane Victorino, fines for others

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The disciplinary fallout from the Phillies-Giants scuffle Friday night is pretty minor, with Shane Victorino receiving a three-game suspension and no other players from either team getting more than undisclosed fines.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Victorino will appeal his suspension, which stems from what MLB described as “aggressive actions that prolonged the bench-clearing incident between the clubs.”

Considering he made contact with an umpire and re-entered the scrum after being pulled away initially three games actually seems pretty light. Placido Polanco from the Phillies’ side and Ramon Ramirez and Eli Whiteside from the Giants’ side were fined, and at least in Ramirez’s case the lack of a suspension surprises me.

Tigers sign Francisco Liriano

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Liriano split time between the Blue Jays and Astros last year, putting up a 5.66 ERA in 38 games, 18 of which were starts, striking out 85 and walking 53 in 97 innings. He pitched two-thirds on an inning in the World Series, but overall it was a pretty substandard season. But hey, those innings ain’t gonna eat themselves, and Liriano will eat some in Detroit.

Not to speak ill of him: he is almost certainly the second best Francisco Li- player in the division.