Pillar suspended: Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar was suspended two games Thursday for yelling an anti-gay slur at a Braves pitcher.
The Blue Jays suspended Pillar without pay shortly after he apologized in a statement, saying he was "completely and utterly embarrassed" by the word he directed at Jason Motte.
Pillar was angry at 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 shouted toward the mound. After what he described as a sleepless night, the player acknowledged his wrongdoing.
Japan rules reconsidered: Major League Baseball would like to make changes in the player acquisition agreement with its Japanese counterparts.
MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball agreed to the posting system in December 1998 in which Japanese clubs can make available players over which they have control. MLB teams bid, and the player's Japanese club receives the posting fee only if he reaches agreement with an MLB club.
"We certainly have begun conversations about changes to the posting system," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after an owners' meeting.
Manfred said the hoped-for revisions have been sparked by changes to MLB's collective bargaining agreement and a desire to have "more of a uniform system that applies to professional players in particular that are moving to Major League Baseball."
Games in Europe in ’19?: Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful the sport can play regular-season games in Europe for the first time in 2019.
Major League Baseball had hoped to have European games in 2018, possibly between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London's Olympic Stadium, but decided there was not enough time to get plans in place.
"It's something we'd really like to do in 2019," Manfred said Thursday following a quarterly owners' meeting. "I can't tell you we are going to do it. I can't give you a percentage, but we do think it's time, whether it's 2019 or shortly thereafter, that we play in Europe."
Marlins bids even: The two groups bidding to buy the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria are relatively even in their price offers, according to Commissioner Rob Manfred.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads one group, which includes former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who would head the team's baseball operations. The other group is led by businessman Tagg Romney, son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and includes Hall of Famer Tom Glavine.
"There are two bidders, at least, for the franchise. The bidders are in relatively the same place in terms of price, maybe minuscule differences, and they are in fact in the price range that Mr. Loria was looking for," Manfred said Thursday following a quarterly owners meeting.
Ilitch approved: Chris Ilitch has been unanimously approved as the new controlling owner of the Detroit Tigers following a vote during a quarterly owners' meeting.