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Toronto CF Kevin Pillar suspended for anti-gay slur

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Rita Gibson | 19 May, 2017, 15:50

The Braves have won the first three games of the series, outscoring the Blue Jays 27-15.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, whose wrist was broken Wednesday by a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays' Aaron Loop and is in a cast, opens a piece of bubble gum in the dugout during the first inning of the teams' baseball game Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Atlanta.

"It just stems from a little frustration in myself, just the way this series has been going", Pillar said.

A Kendrys Morales single and Darrell Ceciliani double later and Bautista was home with the Jays' first run of the game.

Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar was suspended two games Thursday for yelling an anti-gay slur at a Braves pitcher.

However, though the incident didn't lead to the benches clearing, the Braves made sure to respond to Jose Bautista's Wednesday night bat flip. He was hitting.341 and tied for the major league lead with 14 homers.

"The organization is taking the situation seriously and (general manager) Ross (Atkins) will be coming to Atlanta today", Blue Jays spokesman Jay Stenhouse said in an email.

Pillar's slur came during a heated game in which Braves star Freddie Freeman was struck on the left wrist by a pitch, resulting in a fracture that will sideline one of the game's best hitters for approximately 10 weeks. Camargo wound up in the game, replacing the injured Freeman and remaining at third base, while Peterson shifted over to first. He worked six innings of two-run ball, his sixth quality start in eight outings this season.

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Stroman's homer was right on the heels of catcher Luke Maile, who opened the inning with a solo shot.

With all that has transpired, Atlanta's Julio Teheran (3-3, 4.08 ERA) and Toronto's Marcus Stroman (3-2, 3.38 ERA) will try to bring order on Thursday.

The Jays starter also took care of business on the mound, holding the Braves scoreless through 5.2 innings, improving his record to 4-2.

Teheran suffered through another ugly start at SunTrust Park, allowing nine hits, including three homers. "The best possible way to get me out is to throw inside". "I didn't do my job". I don't know what it is here. "I don't know what is happening".

In the fifth, Toronto squandered a chance for a big inning when Ezequiel Carrera was called for interference for running into Peterson, who was trying to field Justin Smoak's slow grounder toward third base. Gibbons said he expects Ceciliani will be placed on the disabled list.

But Garcia has never played first base before.Losing Freddie Freeman for any extended period of time was always going to be a death sentence for this team, especially given how bad their pitching has been thus far. The first was Mark Hendrickson back in June of 2003 at Montreal.

Nick Markakis had a two-run single and Suzuki followed with a drive into the left-field seats for his second homer of the season, putting the Braves ahead 6-0 before Biagini finally recorded an out. Smith entered the game in left field in the third when Ceciliani left and had a walk in three plate appearances.

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