Papelbon suspended; will appeal penalty

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Papelbon suspended; will appeal penalty

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

NEW YORK -- Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended Tuesday for three games by Major League Baseball, stemming from an incident Saturday during which Papelbon was ejected.

Papelbon plans to appeal the penalty and will be available for the Red Sox' series-opening game against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. It is unclear how quickly an appeal could take place.

In a release, MLB stated Papelbon's suspension was due to "inappropriate conduct" and physical contact with home plate umpire Tony Randazzo. The Red Sox led 7-3 heading into the top of the ninth against Oakland when, with the A's rallying, catcher Jason Varitek began barking at Randazzo over balls and strikes, leading to the catcher's ejection.

Later in the same inning, Papelbon, too, drew disgusted with Randazzo's inconsistency and, after being thrown the ball by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, turned away from home plate and could be seen voicing his displeasure with Randazzo's calls. Randazzo then stepped out from behind the plate and stepped toward the mound to reprimand Papelbon, who grew angrier that Randazzo was calling him out when Papelbon had not directed his remarks at the umpire.

As Papelbon walked closer to the plate to confront Randazzo, the argument intensified and the pitcher made physical contact with the umpire.

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.