Torii Hunter drops appeal of two-game suspension

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The Twins announced this afternoon that outfielder Torii Hunter has dropped the appeal of his two-game suspension and will begin serving it tonight.

Hunter was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Royals after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Mark Ripperger. He then threw an on-field tirade in which he made physical contact with the umpire and took off his jersey and hurled it onto the field. The suspension and undisclosed fine was handed down yesterday, but he appealed and went 1-for-4 with a single in a loss to the Rangers.

Hunter will be eligible to return Monday for the opener of an interleague series against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.