Boston Red Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon got his 200th career save after appealing a three-game suspension and undisclosed fine for inappropriate actions that included making contact with an umpire.
Papelbon, who has 12 saves this season, pitched the ninth inning last night in Boston’s 6-4 win over the New York Yankees. His appeal automatically delayed the start of his suspension.
The 30-year-old reliever came in contact with home plate umpire Tony Randazzo in the top of the ninth inning during Boston’s June 4 game against the visiting Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park, Joe Garagiola Jr., baseball’s senior vice president of standards and on-field operations, said in a statement.
Papelbon, who is 2-0 in 26 appearances this season, gave up a four-run lead as the Athletics tied it at 7-7 and forced the game into extra innings. Boston won 9-8 in the 14th inning.
Papelbon had a verbal exchange with Randazzo, rushed toward the umpire, bumped Randazzo’s chest and was ejected.
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