Twins 3B Miguel Sano suspended 1 game for ‘aggressive actions’

NEW YORK — Minnesota’s Miguel Sano has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball for what the sport termed “aggressive actions” that caused benches to clear during a game against Detroit last weekend.

Detroit’s JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch from Justin Haley in the third inning of the Tigers’ 5-4 victory Saturday. Two innings later, Detroit’s Matthew Boyd threw behind Sano, who pointed his bat toward Boyd and yelled out at the mound. Tigers catcher James McCann intervened and appeared to put his mitt in the face of Sano, who reacted immediately with a right hand to McCann’s mask.

Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, announced Sano’s suspension Monday. The players’ association appealed, allowing Sano to continue playing until the appeal is heard and decided.

Boyd was fined after MLB concluded he intentionally threw a pitch at Sano.

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Russell Westbrook Calls Out Laughing Rockets Players

Andre Roberson missed 10 of his 12 free-throw attempts in Sunday’s 113-109 Game 4 loss, prompting the Rockets’ bench to howl with laughter.

Roberson was particularly emotional postgame. Didn’t wanna talk about the hacking. Wasn’t angry with the questions, just seemed sad.

— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) April 23, 2017

Russell Westbrook says he didn’t catch a glimpse of the mockery, but he was not amused by the idea of “guys that don’t play” making fun of his Thunder teammate.

Westbrook on the Rockets’ bench laughing at Roberson as he missed free throws: pic.twitter.com/lan4oQ7f1s

— Royce Young (@royceyoung) April 24, 2017

Houston holds a 3-1 series lead and will host OKC for Game 5 Tuesday night.

Per the Norman Transcript:

It was yet another game the Thunder let slip away, another one that they controlled a double-digit lead in the third quarter, another one they couldn’t close.

“We were a team that somebody came back on 3-1 against us,” small forward Andre Roberson said, referencing Golden State’s 2016 Western Conference Finals comeback. “Why can’t we be the person to come back?”

“Nothing’s really changed in the games we’ve been playing,” power forward Taj Gibson said. “We jump out on them. We’re pushing the pace. We always have a nice lead, about 10-point lead, 13-point lead. And then our momentum kinda drops.”

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Kyle Lowry in Raptors’ starting lineup for Game 5 vs. Bucks

TORONTO — Despite missing the morning shootaround with a stiff back, point guard Kyle Lowry was in the Raptors’ starting lineup for Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

The team’s medical staff worked on Lowry’s back in the morning before sending him home to rest. Toronto coach Dwane Casey said prior to the game that Lowry’s back felt better and he was going to test it during warmups.

Apparently it passed muster. Norman Powell remained in Toronto’s starting lineup, again at the expense of Jonas Valanciunas.

Lowry averaged 14.3 points over the first four games, second only to DeMar DeRozan’s 22.8 points a night.

The series was tied after four games. Game 6 is in Milwaukee on Thursday.

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