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Gurriel Banned 5 Games in 2018 for Racist Gesture at Darvish



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    In this file photo, Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros reacts after Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees caught a line drive in the outfield during the second inning in Game 7 of the ALCS on Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston.

    Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros has been suspended for five games next season for making a racist gesture at Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during the World Series.

    Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Saturday, a day after Gurriel's actions during Game 3.

    Manfred said he didn't think it would be fair to penalize the rest of the Astros by suspending Gurriel during the World Series. Manfred said he understood other people might take a different view.

    Gurriel will miss the first five games of the 2018 season and will not be paid during his suspension.

    In a statement Saturday, Gurriel apologized for the gesture, saying it was "indefensible." 

    "During last night's game, I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible. I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions. I deeply regret it," the statement read in part.