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Suspension of Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Tepera reduced to two games

Jul 28, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Ryan Tepera (52) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The suspension of Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Ryan Tepera has been reduced from three games to two, the team announced Sunday.

The right-hander will begin serving the suspension immediately. The Cubs conclude a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Sunday and open a four-game set with the Braves in Atlanta on Monday.

Tepera received the suspension after MLB concluded he intentionally threw behind the legs of Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff in an April 13 game. The action came after Woodruff hit Cubs catcher Willson Contreras with a pitch — the third time Milwaukee hurlers had hit him on the season.

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He appealed the suspension, which was handed down last week.

Tepera, 33, has a 5.19 ERA this season. He’s pitched 8 2/3 innings over nine games, giving up five earned runs on six hits and four walks.

Manager David Ross received, and already served, a one-game suspension because of the incident.

–Field Level Media