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MLB suspends Papelbon for 3 games

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 7, 2011 05:02 PM

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NEW YORK — This release from Major League Baseball:

Boston Red Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for his inappropriate actions, which included making contact with home plate umpire Tony Randazzo, during the top of the ninth inning of his Club’s Saturday, June 4th game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park.

Joe Garagiola Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards and On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Papelbon’s suspension was scheduled to begin being served during Boston’s game tonight against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, but he has elected to appeal. Thus, his suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

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Papelbon was ejected from the game in the 9th inning and charged Randazzo, making contact with him. That virtually guarantees a suspension.

"I haven't talked to anybody so I don't really have a comment," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said a few minutes ago. "I'm sure I'll talk to somebody at some point. I haven't even seen the video. I didn't think he bumped him. It didn't look like it."

Depending on the circumstances, players sometimes get a game knocked off their suspension upon appeal. In this case, given how aggressive Papelbon was, he wouldn't seem to have much of a case.

Earlier today, Papelbon said he had not heard from the league and did not expect to be suspended.

"I don't think I didn't anything like that," he said. "I guess we'll see."

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