Aaron Sanchez drops three-game suspension appeal

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Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez was handed a three-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Tuesday for his role in Sunday’s plunkfest with the Royals. He immediately elected to appeal, but that appeal has now been dropped per beat reporter Shi Davidi of Toronto’s Sportsnet.

Sanchez tossed a scoreless inning of relief in Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over the Twins. He wasn’t going to used in the next couple of days anyway.

The 23-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 3.39 ERA (116 ERA+) through 71 2/3 innings (11 starts, seven relief appearances) this season for the Blue Jays. He has allowed just one hit since being moved to the bullpen last month.

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”