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Report: Nationals re-sign OF Chris Heisey to one-year deal

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Nationals’ outfielder Chris Heisey will stay on with the club for another year, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The 31-year-old reportedly signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with performance bonuses on Friday, which will make 2017 his second year in Washington.

It’s a nice upgrade for Heisey, who joined the club on a minor league contract during the 2015 offseason and emerged as a versatile outfielder and one of their most potent pinch-hitters down the stretch. He batted .216/.290/.446 over 155 plate appearances, accumulating nine home runs and 0.3 fWAR in the regular season. He also helped power the team during their postseason drive, going 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Game 5 of the NLDS. It marked his fourth career postseason appearance and first with the Nationals, who finished first in the NL East and were knocked out of the Division Series by the Dodgers.

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.