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The Twins are considering Alex Anthopoulos for president of baseball operations

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Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that Alex Anthopoulos is a “confirmed candidate” to take over as the Twins’ president of baseball operations. If hired, he would take over following the Twins’ recent front office house cleaning that resulted in Terry Ryan being fired back in July.

Anthopoulos served as senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager with the Blue Jays from 2010-2015. He was a bold and active executive, making big trades — Noah Syndergaard for R.A. Dickey; Brett Lawrie for Josh Donaldson; the David Price trade with Detroit to name just a few — and not being afraid to spend money. He stepped down from the Jays job after Toronto hired Mark Shapiro to be team president and CEO. The thinking was that the Jays owners wanted to cut costs and Shapiro began his tenure by, allegedly, berating Anthopoulos about trading away prospects for higher-priced veterans.

Anthopoulos is working for the Dodgers front office under the title of vice president of baseball operations. It’s clearly one of those holding pattern jobs, however, in which he’s keeping his hand in while he waits for a good opportunity. Building a losing team from the ground up following a front office purge is a pretty good opportunity. Especially considering that the Twins are not wholly bereft of young talent.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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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 players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.

“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.

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.