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Suspensions handed out for Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and pitcher Aaron Sanchez

Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

Two Blue Jays were handed suspensions for their participation in the Blue Jays - Royals confrontation on Sunday. Manager John Gibbons is suspended for a game for entering the field of play after being ejected and reliever Aaron Sanchez getting three games for hitting Alciedis Escobar after warnings were issued.

Sanchez, being a player, has appealed his suspension so remains on the active roster tonight. He will probably argue that he had no intent on throwing at Escobar, using his poor command as evidence A. WIth the Jays going to New York this weekend, he might even get a face-to-face meeting with Joe Torre to plead his case.

Gibbons does not have a powerful union backing him so he will have to serve his suspension tonight. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will be the acting manager for hopefully the entire game tonight. I am surprised that Devon Travis was not suspended for joining the fray as there is a rule against players on the disabled list from entering the field of play during a game. Major League Baseball doesn't read Bluebird Banter, right?

No Royals were suspended.


Facing Phil Hughes tonight, the Blue Jays will send out this lineup, with Russell Martin getting a partial day off as the designated hitter and Dioner Navarro catching Marco Estrada. Ryan Goins, who homered was 2-for-4 yesterday with a homer, remains in the 7-hole in front of a struggling Kevin Pillar.

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