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MLB upholds Brandon Workman’s suspension

Brandon Workman’s suspension came after he threw a pitch past Evan Longoria’s head in a heated game on May 30.

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Brandon Workman’s suspension came after he threw a pitch past Evan Longoria’s head in a heated game on May 30.

Pitcher Brandon Workman’s six-game suspension was upheld by Major League Baseball, the Red Sox confirmed Wednesday.

Workman’s suspension, which was orginally issued June 3 and began Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins, was handed down after he threw a pitch behind the head of the Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria on May 30.

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The MLB heard Workman’s appeal Friday, before ruling to sideline the righthander, who has started five games this season with a 2.88 ERA. Workman was slated to start Friday against Oakland.

The Red Sox also released outfielder Grady Sizemore Wednesday, a day after designating him for assignment.

Rachel G. Bowers can be reached at rachel.bowers@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @rachelgbowers.
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