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Archer drops appeal, will begin suspension


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Pirates pitcher Chris Archer, left, talks with Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig during a bench-clearing incident last Sunday -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

WASHINGTON -- With the Pirates having a couple of days off in the upcoming week and the feeling there was little chance he would have his sentence reduced, Pirates pitcher Chris Archer dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for throwing at the Reds' Derek Dietrich last Sunday.

Archer said he spoke with his agent and didn't feel Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer, Joe Torre, would shorten his suspension.

"I think it's just what's best for the team," Archer said Sunday morning before the Pirates concluded their three-game series against the Nationals. "We won't have to make a move. I'm only getting pushed back one day from what I normally would start. Not that I agree with it, but it's the best thing to do for the team."

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