Adam Jones leaves game after colliding with outfield fence; hopes to be in lineup Friday

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Orioles outfielder Adam Jones made an early exit from today’s game against the Royals as a result of colliding into the center field fence in the first inning. He stayed in the game initially before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the top of the third inning. You can watch the play here.

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Jones underwent X-rays on both of his wrists, which came back negative. He’s also dealing with some neck stiffness. The plan calls for him to be examined by a doctor Friday, but he’s hoping to be back in the lineup for the first game of a crucial series against the Rangers.

“That’s one of  [the hardest hits I’ve taken],” said Jones, who was trying to make a play for Ben Zobrist’s first-inning double. “I don’t come out of the game much, especially once the game starts. I just wasn’t me. And hopefully I feel a lot better tomorrow.”

The Orioles lost 5-3 this afternoon and have dropped seven out of eight to fall to 63-64 on the year. They are 2 1/2 games back for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

Jones, 30, is batting .280/.319/.497 with 24 home runs and 66 RBI over 116 games this season.

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.