A look at what’s happening around baseball today:
Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson will serve a one-game suspension for a remark to White Sox star Tim Anderson about Jackie Robinson when New York opens a home series against Tampa Bay after the ban was upheld on appeal Monday.
Major League Baseball special adviser John McHale upheld the penalty after hearing Donaldson’s appeal Thursday, a person familiar with the discipline told The Associated Press. The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because McHale’s decision was not announced. Donaldson’s fine was cut in half by McHale to $5,000, the person said.
Donaldson’s comments to Anderson were called racist by Chicago manager Tony La Russa. Donaldson’s teammates and manager said he was wrong to make the remark.
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The Braves face Washington trying for their 13th straight win, but they’ll do it without All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies, who left a 9-5 win over the Nationals on Monday night with a broken left foot.
Albies fell on his way out of the batter’s box on a groundout to shortstop in the fifth inning. He exited the game, and the team later announced he has a fractured left foot.
“Hate it for Ozzie. Hate it for us,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, who didn’t know how long Albies will be sidelined. “He’ll be fine. He’s young, he’ll heal quick. Like I said, I just hate it for the kid because he loves to play baseball and he’s such a big part of our club. It’s a chance for somebody else to do something good.”
The stretch is Atlanta’s best since it won 14 consecutive games from July 26 to Aug. 9, 2013.
Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is headed back to the injured list after feeling discomfort…