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Long Island's Marcus Stroman drops appeal; suspension cut to five games

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers against the Yankees in a game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Toronto pitcher Marcus Stroman dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension from Major League Baseball, and the penalty was cut to five games.

MLB penalized Stroman on Wednesday and fined the 23-year-old rookie for throwing a pitch two days earlier that sailed past the head of Baltimore's Caleb Joseph. Stroman's pitch came a half-inning after Joseph blocked the plate as Jose Reyes slid home.

Stroman (11-6) started Saturday and beat the Yankees. He will be eligible to pitch in Friday's series opener against the Orioles.

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