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Tim Anderson Suspended for Role in Wednesday Benches-Clearing Incident

Anderson was ejected after he was hit by a pitch and yelled at Royals pitcher Brad Keller

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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 17: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox holds back teammate Tim Anderson #7 during an altercation with the Kansas City Royals in the 6th inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has been suspended for his role in a benches-clearing incident against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

    Anderson, who was ejected from the game after being hit by a pitch and yelling at Royals pitcher Brad Keller, will be suspended for one game, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Stadium.

    Anderson is being suspended because of language he used during the incident. White Sox manager Rick Renteria has also been suspended one game for "aggressive actions" during the incident, according to the league. 

    Keller, who hit Anderson with the pitch, will be suspended for five games, according to reports.

    The incident started after Anderson hit a two-run home run during Wednesday’s game. In celebration, Anderson flipped his bat toward the White Sox dugout, causing some irritation among Kansas City players.

    In his next at-bat, Anderson was hit in the back by a pitch from Keller, and as he walked to first base he yelled at the Kansas City pitcher, with teammate José Abreu holding him back. The benches cleared after that, and after the incident both Keller and Anderson, along with White Sox manager Rick Renteria, were ejected.

    Both Keller and Anderson have the option to appeal their suspensions, while Renteria will serve his ban on Friday night against the Detroit Tigers. 

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