Encarnacion suspended 1 game for making contact with ump
Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion exchanges words with umpire Vic Carapazza, left, before Encarnacion was ejected from the game over a call-out dispute on strikes during the first inning of a baseball against the Cleveland Indians in Toronto., Friday, July 1, 2016. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion has been suspended one game for making contact with umpire Vic Carapazza during an argument Friday.
Encarnacion, who leads baseball with 73 RBIs, is eligible to play while he appeals the penalty.
Encarnacion was ejected for the first time this season for arguing with Carapazza after being called out on strikes to end the first inning of Friday's 19-inning, 2-1 loss to Cleveland. Encarnacion made contact with Carapazza's left shoulder after being ejected.
Manager John Gibbons came out to break up the argument and was also ejected.
Later in the game, Carapazza ejected Toronto catcher Russell Martin for arguing balls and strikes. An irate Martin had to be restrained by bench coach DeMarlo Hale and third base coach Luis Rivera.
Following Friday's defeat, Martin said Carapazza ''just wasn't very good today.''