ATLANTA – The Toronto Blue Jays are handing centre-fielder Kevin Pillar a two-game suspension for directing an anti-gay slur at an Atlanta Braves pitcher.
General manager Ross Atkins confirmed the ban during a media availability before Thursday night’s game at SunTrust Park.
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Pillar was angry at Jason Motte for allegedly quick-pitching him to get a strikeout that ended the seventh inning in Atlanta’s 8-4 victory Wednesday night.
Replays appeared to show Pillar using the slur as he yelled toward the mound.
Pillar told reporters in Atlanta there is “no place for this language” anywhere, including on the baseball field.
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He added that he regrets saying it wholeheartedly.
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