NEW YORK -- Two of baseball's biggest hitters were suspended Friday after taking some menacing swings with their fists.
Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was banned seven games and New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez got barred four games for their actions on a fight-filled afternoon at Comerica Park.
Major League Baseball handed out the penalties one day after the Yankees and Tigers got into a trio of beanball-related clashes during Detroit's 10-6 victory.
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Also suspended were Tigers reliever Alex Wilson (four games), New York catcher Austin Romine (two games) and Detroit manager Brad Ausmus (one game). All four players were appealing and remain eligible until the process is complete.
Sanchez, an All-Star bopper on a powerful tear at the plate lately, was in the lineup for Friday night's home game against Seattle, catching and batting third for the playoff contenders.
"It's going to be four games that I'm not going to be able to help the team and I know they need me, so it's not a good feeling," he said through a translator (see full story).
Cardinals: No Rally Cat as team mascot
ST. LOUIS -- The Rally Cat won't be spending time frolicking as the mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The frisky feline ran onto the field during a game with the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 9 and was a good luck charm. Yadier Molina hit a grand slam on the next pitch after the cat was retrieved by a groundskeeper.
The four-month-old tabby disappeared and the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach captured it the next day. The Cardinals announced plans to adopt the cat, host a Rally Cat Appreciation Day on Sept. 10 and let it live in the clubhouse.
But the nonprofit balked, saying the team wanted to exploit the cat rather than take care of it.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Cardinals dispute that claim, but they don't want to get into a cat fight.
The group is looking for someone to adopt the kitten after it gains more weight.