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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell accepted a 40-game suspension Wednesday for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife.Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the ban and said MLB had completed its investigation into the accusations made by Melisa Reidy. Russell has denied the allegations Yangervis Solarte Jersey , which Reidy detailed in a blog post in September.Russell’s unpaid suspension includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 21. Russell will be eligible to return on May 3 against St. Louis, barring any postponements, and he will not appeal the suspension. He will also participate in an evaluation and treatment program.Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he’s not sure what the odds are of Russell playing another game for the Cubs.“Domestic violence is everyone’s problem,” he said. “Because of that, we all have an obligation to be part of the solution as well. The discipline in a case like this is part of the solution going forward and so we support Major League Baseball’s decision and we think it’s appropriate. But prevention is also a big part of the solution and maybe a more important solution.”The Cubs’ season ended Tuesday with a 2-1, 13-inning defeat to the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild-card game. Russell was not active for the game.MLB has said it began an investigation last year after allegations against Russell first became public.Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account last year with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. In another post, a user described by Reidy as a close friend claimed Russell had “hit” his wife. The post was later deleted. Reidy declined to talk to MLB at the time because she decided it was not in her family’s best interests, her attorney, Thomas Field, said last year. But MLB kept the case open.Reidy published a blog post in September describing more detailed allegations, including years of physical and emotional abuse. Less than 12 hours later http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-randal-grichuk-jersey , MLB announced Russell had been put on leave under MLB’s domestic violence policy.“The physical stuff wasn’t like every day or every month,” Reidy told Chicago’s WGN-TV in an interview that aired Wednesday night. “Fights started getting worse. He broke my phone in half with his hands.”WGN reported that Reidy provided texts and pictures to MLB for its investigation. Reidy said she wrote the blog post because she felt the time was right. She said she wanted to support other women in similar situations and wasn’t thinking about baseball and how it would impact the Cubs.“I know how hard it is to go through something like that,” she said. “And I know how hard it is to feel trapped and alone and distant.”She said some Cubs’ wives knew “bits and pieces” of what she was experiencing but not the whole story.Epstein, meanwhile, said he’s wondering if there’s anything more the organization can do to support players and their families.“The part I do question myself on in general as a sports team is what is the absolute best structure that you can have for your players, for their spouses and for their families so that this never happens?” Epstein said. “I know we have a wonderful family program and we have wonderful people working for support. We try to stay as engaged as possible with the families. But clearly, because this happened, we should all be asking, ‘Can we do more?'”Epstein said it’s the Cubs’ “obligation” to give both Reidy and Russell the support they need. He also said the organization needs to see if there’s more it can do to support players and families and make sure a similar situation does not come up in the future.The Cubs have been willing to employ players following suspensions under the domestic violence policy before. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman served a 30-game ban with the Yankees in 2016 before Chicago acquired him midseason and utilized him to end a 106-year World Series title drought.Chicago acquired Russell in a July 2014 trade with Oakland. He helped the Cubs win the World Series two years ago, batting .238 with 21 homers and 95 RBIs in 151 games.Russell hit .250 with five homers and 38 RBIs in 130 games this season.“I think we have to understand that with all of our words and actions going forward, whether we know it or not Jose Bautista Jersey , we’re sending messages to our fans who all have their own unique backgrounds and histories and sensitivities and perspectives, and that’s important,” Epstein said. “I honestly, personally, think the most important thing going forward is to be part of the solution and making this a better place.” DETROIT (AP) — Arriving later than normal, Rick Renteria was a little surprised by the amount of traffic around the ballpark.Once inside, he watched his offense do almost nothing for seven innings — before a six-run eighth gave the Chicago manager a victory after a tough few days.Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson each hit a two-run double in the eighth, and the White Sox rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night in Renteria’s return to the dugout. Renteria had missed four games after experiencing lightheadedness Monday in Minnesota.“I can tell you right now that I am cleared to go, full tilt,” Renteria said after Friday’s game. “I’m going to keep it at that.”Renteria was released from a Minnesota hospital Tuesday. He spent time in Chicago, but on Friday the team said his medical tests were finished.Bench coach Joe McEwing had been managing in Renteria’s absence Troy Tulowitzki Jersey , and he was prepared to do so again. About two hours before the first pitch, he said Renteria was en route, but it wasn’t clear when he’d be arriving. Renteria was in the dugout when Chicago batted in the top of the first.“It was quite a bit of traffic out there around the ballpark. I didn’t realize they closed everything off,” Renteria said. “So then I got over by where the bus usually drops us off and took my suitcase out, and they escorted me into the media entrance. It actually was pretty easy, but it’s just nice to get back to the ballpark.”Chicago was down 3-0 before breaking through against All-Star reliever Joe Jimenez (4-3) and closer Shane Greene. With one out in the eighth, Moncada hit a bases-loaded double that made it 3-2 and chased Jimenez.Greene came on and allowed an RBI single by Avisail Garcia, an RBI double by Daniel Palka and Anderson’s double that made it 6-3.Thyago Vieira (1-0) got his first career victory. He retired the only batter he faced in the seventh.The White Sox improved to 4-10 this season against Detroit.Michael Fulmer allowed two hits in 4 2/3 innings for the Tigers in his return from a left oblique strain. Manager Ron Gardenhire had hoped to limit the right-hander to around 70 pitches. He ended up pulling him after 77.Fulmer hadn’t pitched since July 14.“I’m just glad to be back. It was a shorter rehab than anyone expected, including me, so that was a positive,” Fulmer said. “Everything felt good Marcus Stroman Jersey , but I would have liked to go a little longer. Gardy made the call so fast that I never got a chance to say anything — I told him to wait a little longer so I look better next time.”Victor Alcantara and Daniel Stumpf combined to retire all seven of their hitters, but in the eighth, Detroit’s more acclaimed relievers let the game slip away.Nicholas Castellanos had two RBIs and also brought in the Tigers’ other run with a double-play grounder.Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three.“I wasn’t feeling as good as I wanted,” Lopez said through a translator. “For me it was a kind of challenge today to throw the first pitch for a strike.”Jose Iglesias singled past first baseman Nicky Delmonico in the first, giving the Tigers runners at the corners with nobody out. Castellanos hit into a double play, and Detroit took a 1-0 lead.Castellanos added RBI singles with two outs in the third and seventh.NO DECISIONIt was a fifth consecutive no-decision for Lopez, who now has 13 of them on the season. Lopez has a 3.46 ERA in those 13 no-decisions.Alcantara had a chance to pick up his first major league victory before Chicago’s big eighth inning. The Detroit reliever is still 0-0 after 22 career appearances.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: OF JaCoby Jones (right hamstring strain) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo.UP NEXTThe Tigers send LHP Ryan Carpenter (1-1) to the mound Saturday night against Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (9-9). Giolito’s 6.08 ERA is the highest in the major leagues for any pitcher who qualifies for the ERA title.

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