Cubs C Contreras banned two games

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Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was suspended two-games by Major League Baseball on Saturday for "inappropriate actions" stemming from a tirade and ejection during the Cubs' win Friday against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

In case you missed it, Contreras stepped in for pitcher John Lackey as he got into a verbal argument with home plate umpire Jordan Baker in the top of the fifth inning last night. After Lackey was ejected, Contreras continued to complain and was also quickly ejected.

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Contreras was also fined an undisclosed amount, as was Lackey.

Contreras will appeal the suspension and will play until the appeal is heard, the Cubs announced. Martinez then singled to drive in a run, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. It's a pretty big spot there, it cost me a big-league win.

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Contreras apologized after Friday's game for his actions. "I'm sure if I see Jordan (Saturday) I will apologize to him". I don't have any concerns on my part (about a suspension).

Maddon was asked if he would speak to Lackey about controlling his emotions - especially considering it caused the Cubs to go to the bullpen in the fifth inning in a game against a team chasing them in the NL Central race.

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