MLB issues 2-game suspension to Cubs' Willson Contreras – ESPN

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Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was suspended two games and given an undisclosed fine by Major League Baseball for “inappropriate actions” during Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, it was announced Saturday.

Contreras threw down his catcher’s mask moments after Cubs pitcher John Lackey was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing with umpire Jordan Baker. The mask made contact with Baker’s leg, and Contreras was also ejected after confronting Baker.

Contreras has appealed the suspension. He went 1 for 2 with two walks and a run scored in Saturday’s 4-1 win against the Cardinals.

“We’ll make the best of it,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before the game. “He’s a wonderful young man. He is emotional. We’re all working on attempting to help him curb that a bit, but you don’t want to take all of it away either. That’s a big part of why he’s so good. He does play with his hair on fire.”

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Contreras said Friday that his intention was not to hit anyone.

“I apologize to everybody, to the fans, to MLB, to the umpire,” Contreras said then. “I’m sure if I see Jordan [Baker] tomorrow I will apologize to

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