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MLB suspends, fines umps after 2nd mistake

May 10, 2013 • National News


Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia questions the umpires on a Houston Astros pitching change in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball suspended umpire Fieldin Culbreth for two games on 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 — were also 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.”

Hernandez was booed when the umpires were introduced Friday night before the Washington Nationals hosted the Chicago Cubs.

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