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Cardinals sign Miles Mikolas to four-year, $68 million extension


The St. Louis Cardinals have signed starter Miles Mikolas to a four-year, $68 million contract extension. The deal will cover the 2020-23 seasons.

Mikolas, 30, was a revelation last season, going 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and a 146/29 K/BB ratio in 200.2 innings. That came after three years in Japan which earned him a two-year, $15.5 million contract with St. Louis. That he was entering a walk year after a breakout year no doubt brought the Cards to the table. That the Cards came to the table with an offer close to what a pitcher with a similar career profile — Nate Eovaldi — just got from Boston no doubt made Mikolas’ decision a lot easier.

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 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.