Rangers' Odor suspended eight games for punching Bautista


MLB has handed down an eight-game suspension to Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor for punching Toronto Blue Jays baserunner Jose Bautista in Sunday's benches-clearing brawl melee.

Odor plans to appeal, and will remain active until his hearing following Tuesday's sanction.

The Rangers' Odor landed a solid right punch to the jaw following Bautista's late slide into second base in an effort to break up a double play. The slide earned the Blue Jays slugger a one-game suspension from MLB.

Sunday's fiery game, featuring a Bautista beaning, the brawl and another beaning after the brawl -- further heightened emotions between the teams, dating back to last season's American League Division Series, won by Toronto on the former's walk-off home run, after which his bat flip drew the Rangers' ire.

In addition to Odor's suspension, 13 other players and coaches were disciplined by MLB.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was suspended three games and fined $5,000 for returning to the field after his ejection in the third inning.

Toronto pitcher Jesse Chavez was suspended three games for hitting Prince Fielder with the first pitch after play resumed in the bottom of the eighth and both benches had been warned. He will appeal.

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was suspended one game for throwing a punch at Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar during the melee. He declined to appeal and will sit out Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics.

Blue Jays first base coach Tim Leiper was banned for one game for returning to the dugout after being ejected in the third inning.

Josh Donaldson was fined $1,000 for his animated participation in the brawl and subsequent ejection.

Rangers players Matt Bush, Sam Dyson, A.J. Griffin, Robinson Chirinos and bench coach Steve Buechele all were fined for various actions after the benches cleared, while Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar and bench coach DeMarlo Hale also were fined.