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Tigers sign Leonys Martin

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The Tigers announced a handful of signings on Tuesday, one of which was outfielder Leonys Martin. It’s a major league deal worth $1.75 million for one year, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.

Martin, 29, spent last season with the Mariners and Cubs. He appeared in 49 games and put up a meager .172/.232/.281 triple-slash line across 138 plate appearances. However, Martin still plays good defense and he’s hit better in the past, so he still has a shot at claiming the starting center field job.

Other players the Tigers signed on Tuesday — all to minor league deals with invitations to spring training — were catcher Derek Norris, pitcher Enrique Burgos, first baseman Edwin Espinal, and outfielder Jim Adduci.

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.