Brett Lawrie drops the appeal of his suspension

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Brett Lawrie was suspended for four games yesterday, appealed, played last night and went hitless. Today he has reconsidered, dropped his appeal and will begin serving his four-game punishment.

I suspect this has something to do with the personnel moves the Jays made today, making them better able to weather the temporary loss of Lawrie.  Or, maybe, he just realized that he got off pretty good by losing only four games and figured that there was no point to an appeal. Certainly contrition and soul searching were not part of the process.

Now, my Blue Jays fan readers may once again proudly fill the comments section with “the ump should be suspended too” vitriol.

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor named co-MVPs of NLCS

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and SS/CF Chris Taylor have been named co-MVPs of the NLCS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Turner hit .333/.478/.667 with four singles, two home runs, and five walks across 23 plate appearances in the NLCS. He hit a walk-off three-run home run off of John Lackey in the ninth inning to win Game 2 for the Dodgers.

Taylor hit .316/.458/.789 with two singles, a double, a triple, two home runs, and five walks in 24 NLCS plate appearances. He hit a go-ahead solo home run in Game 1. He hit another go-ahead solo homer in Game 3 and later added an RBI triple.