Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tigers' Cabrera, Wilson Have Suspensions Cut

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tigers' Cabrera, Wilson Have Suspensions Cut

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Tigers' Cabrera, Wilson have suspensions cut

Detroit star Miguel Cabrera and reliever Alex Wilson have started serving suspensions after their penalties were reduced by one game in settlements with Major League Baseball.

Cabrera will sit out six games and Wilson will miss three for their actions on a fight-filled afternoon against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on Aug. 24. Both players had appealed their bans.

Detroit manager Brad Ausmus was suspended one game and sat out Saturday night's matchup against Cleveland.

There has been no resolution yet on the appeals by Yankees catchers Gary Sanchez, who was suspended four games, and Austin Romine, who was penalized two games. Their appeals were heard Friday during a series between New York and AL East-leading Boston.

Prior to Saturday's game, Ausmus announced that designated hitter Victor Martinez will have cardiac ablation surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

Martinez has been on the 10-day disabled list since Sunday after experiencing an irregular heartbeat after the game in Chicago. It is the second time this season the designated hitter has been on the DL with an irregular heartbeat.

The procedure is designed to scar or destroy tissue in the heart that causes the "incorrect electrical signals to cause an abnormal heart rhythm," according to the Mayo Clinic's website.

Ausmus said the Tigers expect Martinez back next season.

Mets sign Aoki * Outfielder Nori Aoki agreed to a contract with the New York Mets on Saturday and was expected to join the team in Houston.

Aoki had a $5.5 million, one-year contract and was released Tuesday by Toronto. The Mets pay just a prorated share of the $535,000 major league minimum, which comes to $87,705.

Aoki hit .274 with 13 doubles, two triples, five homers and 27 RBIs in 83 games for Houston and Toronto, which acquired the 35-year-old in July as part of the trade sending pitcher Francisco Liriano to the Astros.

Aoki has a .285 average with 128 doubles, 33 homers and 211 RBIs during a big league career that has included stops in Milwaukee, Kansas City, San Francisco and Seattle.

Toronto manager misses game * Blue Jays manager John Gibbons left the team before Saturday night's game against the Orioles to tend to personal business. …

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