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Odor's Suspension Reduced To 7 Games, Starts Friday

Rougned Odor's suspension for punching Toronto's Jose Bautista has been reduced from eight to seven games, and the Texas second baseman will begin serving it in Friday night's series opener against Pittsburgh.

The Rangers promoted former top prospect Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock, and he was in the lineup against the Pirates as the leadoff hitter playing second base. Odor has been leading off for Texas.

Odor's penalty was cut by Major League Baseball executive vice president John McHale. The appeal over Odor's role in a May 15 brawl between the Rangers and Blue Jays was heard Tuesday. The league disciplined 14 players and staff over the melee in Arlington.

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