The Toronto Blue Jays announced Tuesday a three-game suspension for shortstop Yunel Escobar as a result of a homophobic slur written in Spanish on the eye black he wore during last Saturday's game.
The punishment, agreed upon by major league baseball, the team and the players' association, will include a donation to the You Can Play Project and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Escobar also will take part in sensitivity training and an educational outreach effort focused on tolerance.
He begins serving the suspension Tuesday night.
"I don't have anything against homosexuals," Escobar said Tuesday through a translator at a news conference. "I have friends that are gay.
"The person who decorates my house is gay; the person who cuts my hair is gay."
---Boston Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar will interview for the Astros' managerial job on Wednesday, multiple media outlets reported.
Bogar is the fifth person known to interview for the Astros managerial post, which is being held on an interim basis by Tony DeFrancesco
Former Padres and Phillies manager Larry Bowa, Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and DeFrancesco have also interviewed.
However, Bowa is no longer a candidate. He told Fox Sports that he and Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow agreed the Astros' position is a younger man's job.
---Tuesday's game between the Mets and Phillies was postponed due to severe weather, and it was rescheduled for Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.
The Yankees-Blue Jays game in New York was also postponed because of inclement weather, and it will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Wednesday. Andy Pettitte was scheduled to return to action for the Yankees on Tuesday, but instead will pitch the afternoon game Wednesday.