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Royals’ Amir Garrett appeals 3-game ban for drink toss at fan

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals

Jul 13, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Amir Garrett (24) reacts during the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kansas City relief pitcher Amir Garrett received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine from Major League Baseball for tossing a drink at a fan behind the Royals’ dugout during a game at Chicago two weeks ago.

Garrett appealed the punishment, allowing him to continue to pitch until that process is completed. The Royals were in Minnesota to start a three-game series.

The incident with the spectator at Guaranteed Rate Field occurred on Aug. 2 when the Royals played the White Sox. Garrett posted an apology on Twitter the following day, writing that his actions were “uncalled for.” Garrett also tweeted that players “are held to a higher standard and the chirping from fans” is part of the game.

The left-hander has a 4.60 ERA in 40 appearances this season, his first with the Royals. Last year with Cincinnati, Garrett was given a seven-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing fight between the Reds and the Chicago Cubs. He appealed and had the ban cut to five games.