Phil Hughes signs a three-year extension with the Twins

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Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million extension with the Twins.

Already under contract through 2016, he will get a raise for the next two seasons on top of the three-year extension. He was scheduled to earn $8 million in 2015 and 2016 but now he will earn $9.2 million in each of the next two seasons. Then he will make $13.2 million in each of the three seasons between 2017-19.

Hughes was excellent for the Twins in 2014, going 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA and putting up an eye-popping K/BB ratio of 182/16 in 202.2 innings. This after a terrible 2013 in New York that had many questioning whether he’d fulfill the potential he showed earlier in his career.

Fulfill it he has, and now he’ll be paid nicely for it. And, if he continues to pitch like he did this past season, the Twins will have a nice bargain on their hands.

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.