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Rangers 3B Cabrera returns from 3-game suspension

Chicago White Sox catcher Zack Collins, left, reaches to tag out Texas Rangers' Asdrubal Cabrera (14) as umpire Ed Hickox looks on in the first inning...

Chicago White Sox catcher Zack Collins, left, reaches to tag out Texas Rangers' Asdrubal Cabrera (14) as umpire Ed Hickox looks on in the first inning...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Texas Rangers third baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera returned to the starting lineup Friday night against Tampa Bay after serving a three-game suspension for hitting an umpire with equipment.

Cabrera missed a series in Detroit after Major League Baseball reduced his suspension from four games.

Cabrera initially appealed the four-game suspension and undisclosed fine that MLB handed down a week ago after umpire crew chief Bill Miller was hit on the foot by a small plastic guard or batting gloves. Cabrera had tossed the plastic guard with the gloves wrapped inside of it after his ejection in the sixth inning of a 4-2 win over Cleveland on June 20.

Also Friday, the Rangers claimed right-hander Jesse Biddle off waivers from Seattle and unconditionally released left-hander Drew Smyly after he cleared waivers.

Biddle will be added to the active roster when he reports.

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Updated : 2020-12-02 15:25 GMT+08:00