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Cards C Molina suspended 1 game for contacting ump

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 12:12am  ET

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, center, is held back by his brother, right, first base coach Bengie Molina, and umpire Mike Everitt, left, after being thrown out of a baseball game by first base umpire Clint 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.


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