Jonathan Papelbon has suspension reduced to two games

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Jonathan Papelbon’s three-game suspension for bumping umpire Tony Randazzo earned earlier this month seemed excessive, and someone in the league office agreed, as the penalty was reduced to two games on appeal.

He’ll begin serving it today.

Papelbon was suspended June 7 for an incident that took place two days earlier against the A’s.  Randazzo stepped out from behind home plate and took steps toward the mound after getting the impression that Papelbon was yelling at him from the mound.  That led to more chatter, an ejection and then the two going chest-to-chest.

Papelbon, who picked up his 13th save last night against the Rays, will be out of action both Friday and Saturday before being eligible to return to the mound for Sunday’s finale against the Brewers. Daniel Bard is likely to close in his place.