Molina, Lovullo each suspended 1 game for weekend fracas

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Molina, Lovullo each suspended 1 game for weekend fracas
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo gestures at St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina as he argues balls and strikes with home plate umpire Tim Timmons in the second inning of a baseball game on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in St. Louis, Mo. Molina took offense to Lovullo's comments which led to a bench-clearing scuffle at home plate. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo both have been suspended one game for their dustup over the weekend.

Major League Baseball announced the penalties Tuesday.

Molina, who bumped plate umpire Tim Timmons during the bench-clearing dispute, has appealed and can continue to play until the process is complete. The Cardinals were hosting Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

Lovullo, who also was fined, will miss Tuesday night’s game at San Francisco.

The flap began Sunday in the second inning at Busch Stadium. Lovullo argued with Timmons, blaming the umpire for a called third strike he claimed was influenced by the All-Star catcher’s pitch framing. Lovullo used a profanity that set off Molina, and the manager was ejected.

Lovullo said he praised Molina while using a profanity and said “but he can’t turn balls into strikes.” Molina said Lovullo “said a bad word to me and I reacted that way. He called me (it) twice. You can’t allow that.”

Lovullo has since said he “made a mistake with some of the wording that I chose.”