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Saturday, May 11, 2013 - Page updated at 11:00 p.m.
MLB suspends umpire 2 games
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball suspended umpire Fieldin Culbreth for two games Friday because he was in charge of the crew that allowed Astros manager Bo Porter to improperly switch relievers in the middle of an inning.
Culbreth and the rest of his crew — Brian O'Nora, Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson — also were fined an undisclosed amount, after MLB admitted its umps goofed for the second straight day.
"The rule covering pitching changes was not applied correctly by the umpiring crew," MLB said in a statement.
The problem in Houston came a day after Angel Hernandez and his crew in Cleveland failed to reverse a clear-cut home run after looking at a video review. MLB vice president Joe Torre said the umpires made an "improper call."
It's recently been a rough run for umps. Crew chief Tom Hallion was fined earlier this month after getting into a verbal spat with Tampa Bay pitcher David Price.
• Pitching a one-hitter with no other base runners in a big-league game is rare. Getting two gems in one night, well, that may never have happened in major-league history before Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller and Red Sox ace Jon Lester each accomplished the feat Friday. Each faced only 28 batters — no walks, hit batsmen or errors — in complete-game shutouts, the first time that has happened in the big leagues, according to STATS, whose database goes back to 1921.
• The Texas Rangers placed C A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle.
• Boston Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan is contemplating season-ending surgery on his elbow after being examined by orthopedist James Andrews.
• Nationals LF Bryce Harper was out of the lineup after having an ingrown right toenail removed. RF Jayson Werth (hamstring) is probably headed to the 15-day DL.
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