NEW YORK (AP) -Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez has been suspended for one game Saturday by Major League Baseball for his conduct during a game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
Rodriguez, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, was ejected from Thursday's game in the fourth inning for arguing that he was interfered with while trying to throw out a base stealer.
As the 14-time All-Star was trying to throw out Adrian Beltre at second base, batter Yuniesky Betancourt was bent over and astride the plate. Rodriguez avoided making contact with Betancourt, but his throw sailed over second base and into center field for an error that allowed Beltre to advance to third.
While Beltre was still running, Rodriguez gestured with one arm and then bent over and pointed at the plate with both hands to plate umpire Mike Winters, demonstrating how he felt Betancourt had impeded him. Winters yelled back at Rodriguez, ``You never touched him!''
Rodriguez then moved toward Winters and appeared to come close to bumping the umpire chest-to-chest - if not making contact.
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