Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Lovullo, Molina receive one-game suspensions

Lovullo, Molina receive one-game suspensions

After Sunday's heated quarrel between Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and his catcher Yadier Molina, the league has handed out a punishment to each of them. Lovullo, who also was fined, missed Tuesday's game at San Francisco.

Molina has elected to appeal his suspension and will be in the lineup for St. Louis on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Molina is hitting.256/.267/.488 with three homers and six RBI in 45 plate appearances so far this season. "What I said was wrong in referencing him and using those two words when I was describing him". "I probably would have done the same thing".

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Molina, who bumped plate umpire Tim Timmons during the bench-clearing dispute, has appealed and can continue to play until the process is complete.

The incident occurred in the top of the second inning of Arizona's 4-1 win on Sunday.

"We were hopeful that, especially with the report that we had from the umpire's comments, that it wouldn't carry over, " Matheny said. Lovullo had yet to decide where to watch the game but planned to stay at the ballpark. "I wish I could take back what I said".

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In arguing a called third strike, Lovullo used profanity toward Molina that set off the catcher. "If you're going to call [expletive] to a guy, you've got to be ready to fight".

And by "his part" I mean the bit where Molina reacted to Lovullo pointing at him and repeatedly calling the St. Louis receiver a multi-syllabic swear word. Molina made contact with Timmons while lunging toward Lovullo.

"I was thrown out of the game for arguing balls and strikes", Lovullo said.

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