White Sox’s Anderson, Renteria suspended 1 game; Royals’ Keller gets 5

Prince Fielder doesn't mind bat flips

Prince Fielder doesn't mind bat flips

Keller was suspended five games (or essentially one start) and given an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing at Anderson.

Keller plunked Anderson on the backside in the sixth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field in Anderson's first at-bat after hitting a game-tying home run, and flipping his bat towards the Chicago dugout.

The next time up, Keller hit Anderson with a pitch. After Anderson stepped toward the mound, the benches cleared, and during the fracas, Anderson, who is black, addressed Keller, who is white, within earshot of players and umpires, according to sources.

While no punches were thrown, there was a lot of yelling and shoving. The Royals won 4-3 in 10 innings.

Keller and Royals manager Ned Yost denied that Keller was targeting Anderson following his euphoric bat flip, a typical gambit used to avoid further discipline, even as Major League Baseball said it suspended Keller "for intentionally throwing a pitch at Tim Anderson of the White Sox". Some questioned why Anderson got ejected since he was the one who got hit with the pitch.

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Though Keller insisted he wasn't trying to hit anyone, Kansas City's Hunter Dozier said Anderson should have expected retaliation. Keller and Anderson may appeal their discipline.

There were four ejections - Anderson, Keller, Renteria and Sveum. Renteria will serve his suspension Friday night when the White Sox face the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park - stream regionally via fuboTV (Try for free).

Here was Anderson's celebration after his home run. Perez said Anderson had hollered a few weeks earlier when he homered twice on opening day.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions during the incident.

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