Quote of the Day: Plaschke on Manny's slam

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Watching all this from the press box, I’ll admit, I got chills, and
this doesn’t mean I’ve suddenly become a big Manny Ramirez fan, because
I haven’t. No, I didn’t accept the team’s offer of a bobblehead doll.
And yes, I still believe he is a cheat who has never truly admitted or
shown remorse for his drug-policy violations.

But until proven otherwise, Wednesday’s moment was created cleanly,
and one should be able to appreciate it without buying into the man who
created it.

Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times,
grudgingly — and admirably, I might add — admitting that Manny’s
grand slam on Wednesday night was a special moment despite all of the
disapprobation he has thrown on Ramirez and the people who enjoy his
play in recent weeks.

Pirates suspend Keone Kela two games for contract violation

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On Monday, the Pirates announced the club suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified contract violation. Kela will begin serving the suspension tonight.

Kela, 26, went on the injured list in early May with a right shoulder injury. He was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis for the last week and a half. Prior to the injury, Kela posted a 4.63 ERA with an 11/4 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

After sitting out Monday and Tuesday, Kela can rejoin the Pirates on Wednesday in the middle of their four-game home series against the Cardinals.