October 2, 2022

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Anderson handed one-game suspension for obscene gesture

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MINNEAPOLIS – White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his inappropriate actions toward fans during the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday against the Guardians at Progressive Field, Major League Baseball announced on Friday.

The action seemingly in question came before the Guardians hit in the eighth, when Anderson made an obscene gesture toward someone in the crowd and was caught on camera after going through his infield warmup. Anderson’s suspension was scheduled to be served in Friday’s series opener against the Twins, but Anderson elected to appeal. The discipline will be held in abeyance until the process is complete, per MLB.

Anderson missed the first two games of the 2022 season in Detroit when a three-game suspension handed down in the last week of the ’21 regular season was reduced to two games and a $10,000 fine. That suspension stemmed from Anderson pushing umpire Tim Timmons during a benches-and-bullpen clearing incident in Detroit, although Anderson didn’t realize he was pushing an umpire in the middle of the scrum.

That Cleveland series was an unusually tough one for Anderson, who committed three errors in Game 1 of the doubleheader and two in Thursday’s loss after not making an error over his first seven game. He entered Friday with four multi-hit games and a .333 average, making Anderson one of the few White Sox starters hitting consistently in the early going.

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