The Blue Jays have suspended outfielder Kevin Pillar two games for his use of a homophobic slur at Braves reliever Jason Motte on Wednesday, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. Davidi notes that the decision to levy the suspension was done in consultation with Major League Baseball and the players’ union. Pillar’s forfeited salary will be donated, but the Jays have not yet decided on a recipient, though it will likely be an LGBTQ organization.
Both the Jays and Pillar issued public apologies on Thursday and Major League Baseball said it is investigating the incident.
Pillar has started in center field for each of the Jays’ 41 games this season. The Jays are still shorthanded due to injuries, so Chris Coghlan or Darrell Ceciliani may draw a start in the outfield while Pillar serves his suspension.
The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.
Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.
The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.