Friday June 12th, 2015

Major League Baseball on Friday suspended Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter for two games for his actions both before and after being ejected on Wednesday.

Home plate umpire Mark Ripperger ejected Hunter after he was called out on strikes during Minnesota's 7–2 loss to Kansas City.​ Hunter immediately turned to Ripperger after his strike-three call in the bottom of eighth inning and argued with him, taking off and throwing several items of clothing, including his arm and leg guards and eventually his jersey.

Twins manager Paul Molitor, who came out of the dugout to Hunter's defense, was also ejected. 

Hunter had planned to appeal the ruling, but dropped the appeal and will begin serving the suspension on Saturday, according to MLB.com writer Rhett Bollinger.

Minnesota is 33–26 and just two games back of the Royals for first place in the American League Central Division headed into Friday night's games. 

Hunter, who is in his 19th Major League season, turns 40 years old next month. The nine-time Gold Glove winner and five-time All-Star is hitting .268 this season with eight home runs and 36 RBIs. 

- Will Green

 

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