TORONTO (AP) -Home plate umpire Eric Cooper left the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Toronto Blue Jays after six innings Wednesday because of a pulled muscle.
The game was delayed for eight minutes while Chad Fairchild put on protective gear and moved from second base to behind the plate. The Blue Jays, who led 12-0 at the time, took the field for the top of the seventh, then returned to the dugout while Fairchild changed.
The game resumed with three umpires. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg remained at first base and Chris Guccione stayed at third base.
It's the second time in Toronto's nine-game homestand that an umpire has been forced to leave the game. Home plate umpire CB Bucknor left Friday's game between the Washington Nationals and the Blue Jays after the top of the fifth inning because of an illness.
Toronto right-hander Roy Halladay was pitching in both games.
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