"I did not want to offend anybody", Gurriel said after the game via an interpreter.
For his part, Darvish called the gesture "disrespectful" after the game, and pointed out that "Houston has Asian fans and Japanese fans" too.
Gurriel could face discipline for the gesture. "I played in Japan".
Manfred said he was 'impressed in my conversation with Yu Darvish by his desire to move forward, and I felt that moving the suspension to the beginning of the season would help in that regard'.
Center fielder George Springer leads off, followed by third baseman Alex Bregman, second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa, first baseman Yuli Gurriel, right fielder Josh Reddick, Gattis, left fielder Marwin Gonzalez and McCann.
"He handled this in as classy a way as a player possibly could something as negative as this", Manfred said of Darvish. I have a lot of respect.
"Acting like that, you just disrespect all the people around the world", he said in Japanese through a translator.
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He said millennials are already comfortable posting photos and their whereabouts on Facebook , Instagram and other social media. The thought being that you can monitor the delivery process or review footage later to make sure nothing unsavory happened.
Rob Manfred, the current Commissioner of Baseball, is in Houston will meet with Gurriel on Saturday before Game 4.
"No one is flawless".
Darvish is not Chinese; he was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Iranian father.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team was "surprised and disappointed" by Gurriel's behavior and supported Manfred's decision. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar was suspended in May for using a homophobic slur.
"There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable". "I think he's one of the best pitchers in Japan, and I never had success against him".
Manfred also justified not banning Gurriel for the World Series because he wanted a loss of salary involved and because Gurriel, who could play while appealing any suspension under Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement with its players union, would not appeal this move. This has been a talking point amongst the media and fans, though Gurriel was still cheered by Astros fans when he was announced in the line-up on Saturday.
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