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Miguel Sano loses appeal, will serve one-game suspension tonight in Chicago

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO — For the first time this season, the Twins will field a starting lineup that does not include Miguel Sano.

The team’s star third baseman will serve a one-game disciplinary suspension on Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox after learning at midday his appeal had been denied. Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball, suspended Sano for one game in the wake of what the league termed “aggressive actions” on April 22 against the Detroit Tigers.

Sano, who turns 24 on Thursday, pointed and shouted at Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd after a pitch was thrown behind him. When Tigers catcher James McCann intervened and shoved his glove in Sano’s face, the Twins’ slugger pushed McCann away with a shove to the chest.

Sano’s suspension came down two days later, and he immediately appealed, enabling him to remain in the lineup the past two weeks. His appeal was finally heard by video conference on May 5, and Sano was among those interviewed during a 90-minute hearing before an arbitrator.

Facing ex-Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey tonight on the South Side, the Twins will have to play without Sano in the middle of their lineup. Batting .300 with a league-leading 28 runs batted in and a combined on-base/slugging percentage of 1.071, Sano is off to the best start of his three-year career in the major leagues.