Joey Votto suspended one game for making contact with umpire

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MLB has suspended Reds first baseman Joey Votto one game for making contact with an umpire after being ejected Wednesday and he’s decided to serve the suspension tonight against the White Sox.

Kristopher Negron will start in his place and bat ninth versus White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi, who has a 6.75 ERA and is probably very happy to avoid Votto.

Here’s video of the incident, so you can judge for yourself:

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Votto is having a fantastic bounceback season after being limited to 62 games by injuries last year, hitting .311 with seven homers and a .986 OPS to re-establish himself as an MVP-caliber force in the middle of the Reds’ lineup.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.