Cardinals catcher suspended for one game

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, second from front left, is held back by his brother, first base coach Bengie Molina, right, while yelling alongside manager Mike Matheny (22) at umpire Clint Fagan, left, after Yadier Molina and Matheny were thrown out of a baseball game by Fagan during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, second from front left, is held back by his brother, first base coach Bengie Molina, right, while yelling alongside manager Mike Matheny (22) at umpire Clint Fagan, left, after Yadier Molina and Matheny were thrown out of a baseball game by Fagan during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, June 2, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended one game and fined by Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Mike Everitt during an argument Sunday.

The commissioner’s office announced the penalty Monday evening, minutes before St. Louis hosted Arizona. Molina appealed the decision and was in the starting lineup against the Diamondbacks.

The announcement was made by Joe Garagiola Jr., baseball’s Senior Vice President of Standards and Operations.

Molina was thrown out on a close play at first base during Sunday’s game against San Francisco and slammed his helmet to the ground. First base umpire Clint Fagan immediately ejected Molina, who then went to argue. Everitt got in front of Molina, who bumped into him.

Molina, a four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner, was hitting .347 with three homers, 14 doubles and 27 RBIs this season.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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