Marlins will pick up Jeff Mathis’ option for 2015

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Jeff Mathis had his usual terrible season at the plate, hitting .200 with two homers and a .537 OPS in 64 games, but his defense continued to receive praise and the Marlins want him back.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins will exercise their $1.5 million option on Mathis for 2015, keeping the 31-year-old catcher around for a third season in Miami.

Mathis a career .196 hitter and has never topped a .650 OPS in nine seasons as a big leaguer, but pitchers and managers always seem to love his work behind the plate and he doesn’t figure to play much backing up Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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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.