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MLB rescinds Andrew Kittredge’s three-game suspension

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Towards the end of last season, Rays pitcher Andrew Kittredge and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia each received suspensions for throwing at opposing batters. Sabathia was suspended five games while Kittredge was suspended three games. MLB has rescinded Kittredge’s suspension, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Kittredge threw at Austin Romine‘s head leading off the top of the sixth inning. He stayed in the game and ended up serving up an RBI triple, a sacrifice fly, and two solo home runs. Sabathia responded by throwing at Jesús Sucre leading off the bottom half of the sixth. Sabathia was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza.

Sabathia’s actions got the headlines because he appeared to cost himself a $500,000 bonus by getting ejected. In December, the Yankees decided to give it to him anyway. Sabathia is expected to begin serving his five-game suspension at the start of the 2019 season.

Kittredge, 28, was outrighted off of the Rays’ 40-man roster in November. He would have had to serve his three-game suspension whenever the Rays called him up from the minor leagues. Across parts of two seasons in the majors, Kittredge owns a 6.04 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 23 walks in 53 2/3 innings.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.