Kelvin Herrera’s suspension reduced to six games

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Royals’ reliever Kelvin Herrera had a busy April. He was suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Oakland’s Brett Lawrie and was later suspended for two more games for his role in the brawl with the White Sox in Chicago. He appealed his seven games worth of suspensions, however, and now the decision is out:

Good timing for the Royals, I suppose, as Greg Holland was just activated from the disabled list yesterday. One wonders if the timing of the decision on the suspension appeal was an accident or if this was a matter of MLB trying not to be too dang hard on the Royals.

Brewers-Pirates game postponed

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Update: The makeup date has been scheduled for Saturday, July 14 as part of a traditional doubleheader, the Pirates announced.

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Wednesday night’s game at PNC Park between the Brewers and Pirates has been postponed, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Brent Suter and Chad Kuhl were scheduled to square off on the mound. Their starts will likely be pushed back to Thursday. The Pirates will host the Diamondbacks and the Brewers will host the Cardinals.

The Cubs won on Wednesday afternoon, so the Brewers are tied with the Cubs for first place in the NL Central. The Pirates are seven games back in fourth place.