Peralta will start eight-game suspension

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Right-hander Joel Peralta dropped his appeal and is set to begin serving his eight-game suspension.

The decision was made because the Rays didn't expect to have the punishment reduced if they went to a hearing, and because they were concerned the pending discipline could be weighing on Peralta and affecting his pitching.

"It's probably impacting him or affecting him more than he wants to let on," manager Joe Maddon said. "So let's just get it over with, let's just do it right now and not permit it to fester, because it's going to happen sooner or later."

Peralta was suspended Thursday after the umpires in Tuesday's game, acting at the request of Washington manager Davey Johnson, found what they said was a significant amount of pine tar inside Peralta's glove.

The veteran right-hander, who will be eligible to return June 30 against Detroit -- just before the Rays host the Yankees -- said he was fine with the plan.

"I'm going to do whatever the team wants me to do, and I'm not going to even ask questions or anything," Peralta said.

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