DETROIT (AP) -Tigers slugger Gary Sheffield had his three-game suspension reduced to two Thursday by Major League Baseball.
Sheffield was ejected May 31 at Cleveland for arguing balls and strikes. Plate umpire Greg Gibson claimed Sheffield threw a piece of his broken bat at him as he walked away - Sheffield and Tigers manager Jim Leyland disputed Gibson's account.
``Umpires lie, too,'' Sheffield said.
``It just goes to show you it wasn't true and how corrupt the umpiring system is,'' he said. ``They can make a statement and that means it's true. And so it has to go all the way to the commissioner's office, just because it has to go to a higher power, I guess, and that means it's true.''
Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, spoke to Sheffield and Leyland before Detroit's 5-2 win over Texas. The Tigers DH hit his 18th home run in the victory.
``Jim and I and Gary had a long conversation before today's game and we came to this agreement,'' Watson said. ``His side was compelling and I felt he was sincere.''
Sheffield will sit out games Saturday and Sunday against Minnesota. Still, he's not happy with the ruling.
Sheffield brought up another situation - Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca's recent two-game suspension after tossing equipment from the dugout - when talking to Watson.
``I challenged him and asked him, 'Was my situation was worse than Paul Lo Duca's?''' Sheffield said. ``He said it was the same. I didn't throw stuff on the field. When you hear reasoning like that, you know it's a joke.''
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