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Noé Ramirez, Brad Ausmus suspended for pitch thrown at Jake Marisnick

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Angels reliever Noé Ramirez and manager Brad Ausmus have received undisclosed fines and respective suspensions of three games and one game as a result of Ramirez’s actions on Tuesday night against the Astros in Anaheim. Ramirez threw a fastball that hit Jake Marisnick in the shoulder.

The pitch was seemingly retaliation because Marisnick barrelled into catcher Jonathan Lucroy on a play at home plate on July 7. Lucroy was hospitalized and was diagnosed with a fractured nose and a concussion. Ausmus called for Marisnick to be suspended and he was, for two games.

Tempers flared between the Astros and Angels after Marisnick was hit, but to his credit, he tried to defuse the situation. Marisnick also tweeted after the game in which he hit Lucroy, “That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for [Lucroy].”

Ausmus will serve it tonight as the Angels continue their series against the Astros. It is not known yet if Ramirez is appealing his suspension. If he is, he can continue pitching until the matter is resolved.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.