Dodgers pitcher Kelly has reduced suspension

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Los Angeles (AFP)

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly’s eight-game suspension for pitching against the Houston Astros hitters was reduced to five games on appeal on Wednesday, the Major League Baseball club said.

Kelly was suspended after throwing a fastball behind Alex Bregman’s head in the opening game of a two-game series against Houston on July 28.

He also threw a curve ball close to Carlos Correa’s head in the same inning, with Correa insisting it was intentional.

The incident sparked a showdown in the two teams’ first meeting since Houston was punished for its sign-stealing scandal in 2017.

The Astros beat the Dodgers in seven games of the 2017 World Series, but that victory has since been marred by revelations that the Astros used an elaborate system to steal signs from opposing pitchers using hidden cameras in the field. outside.

The scandal stunned the baseball world and ultimately led to the suspension and sacking of general manager Jeff Luhnow and field manager AJ Hinch.

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