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Rays 1B James Loney drops appeal of 1-game suspension

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Tampa Bay Rays first baseman has dropped his appeal of a one-game suspension.

The lefty-hitting Loney decided to serve his suspension in Thursday night's game against Minnesota. The Twins' starting pitcher is left-hander .

Loney played Tuesday and Wednesday after appealing the suspension and an undisclosed fine announced by Major League Baseball on Tuesday. He was penalized for making contact with umpire Paul Nauert after striking out and being ejected in Saturday's game at Oakland.

PHOTO: Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney, third from right, is restrained as he argues with home plate umpire Paul Nauert, left, after being ejected in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney, third from right, is restrained as he argues with home plate umpire Paul Nauert, left, after being ejected in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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PHOTO: Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney, third from right, is restrained as he argues with home plate umpire Paul Nauert, left, after being ejected in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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