There will be stiffer penalties for slow play in the new CBA

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Here’s an extended version of that AP story I linked this morning on some of the new details of the collective bargaining agreement. Here’s a fun one, highlighted by Alex Speier of WEEI:

The report says that slow-moving hitters and pitchers can be fined up to $10,000 for a sixth pace-of-game violation and beyond.

As Speier notes, Red Sox pitchers Jonathan Papelbon and Josh Beckett, were fined last year.  Fun stuff in there about how Bobby Valentine, in his role of ESPN analyst, was critical of Beckett for his slow play last season. Seems like Valentine is going to back off a bit now that he, you know, is the manager.

And really, I don’t think $10,000 is going to change Beckett’s approach any if he truly thinks that that’s what makes him effective.

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.