Jose Bautista's suspension upheld

TORONTO -- Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had his one-game suspension upheld by Major League Baseball and served his penalty Friday, missing Toronto's 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Bautista, who called the decision "unfounded" and "unfair," was in attendance Friday night at the Toronto Raptors' Game 6 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals.

He was one of seven Blue Jays players and coaches penalized after a bench-clearing brawl at Texas on May 15.

"They owe it to fans who pay money to come watch me play and give the specific reason why I'm not playing." Bautista told reporters earlier Friday. "I can't figure it out. The reasons that I read in the letter, to me ... don't fit. It doesn't match. I don't understand it."

After being hit by a pitch from Matt Bush, Bautista slid hard into second while trying to break up a double play. He and Rougned Odor shoved each other before Odor landed a punch to Bautista's jaw, sending Bautista's batting helmet and sunglasses flying.

Odor's eight-game suspension was reduced to seven on appeal. He began serving it Friday.

Bautista was critical of Tuesday's decision to reduce the suspension of Odor.

"I can't say that I agree with it," he said. "Apparently he either has friends in high places, that organization does, or he did a really good job of convincing them of something."

Tensions between the Blue Jays and Rangers had been brewing since Bautista hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer and dramatically flipped his bat in Game 5 of the American League Division Series last October.

Bautista is batting .238 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.