Angels announce ALDS rotation: Jered Weaver in Game 1, Matt Shoemaker for Game 2

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Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has the announcement

Weaver was the obvious choice for Game 1 on Thursday in Anaheim, but Shoemaker pitching Game 2 comes as a mild surprise. He hasn’t made a start since September 15 due to an oblique strain and only threw around 40 pitches in his latest bullpen session. The Royals are going with Jason Vargas in Game 1 and Yordano Ventura in Game 2. James Shields would then pitch Game 3 against C.J. Wilson. If a Game 4 is necessary, the Angels will turn back to Weaver and Kansas City would probably roll with left-hander Danny Duffy.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.