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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine by Major League Baseball for returning to the field to celebrate Nelson Cruz's walk-off home run after he had been ejected Friday.
Kinsler is appealing the suspension and was able to play in Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers.
"I think it's a little too harsh," Kinsler said. "It's a little unreasonable. There's not really too much common sense in [the rule], but they have rules for a reason."
Umpire Dale Scott tossed Kinsler after the second baseman had argued balls and strikes in the bottom of the 10th inning. Players are supposed to leave the field and not return after they are ejected. But after Cruz hit his home run in the 13th to give the Rangers the win over the Yankees on Friday, Kinsler returned to celebrate with his teammates on the field as Cruz rounded the bases.
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