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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:52

Tigers deny intentionally hitting umpire with pitch after ejections

Written by  USA Today

The Cleveland Indians’ run for an American League record 21 consecutive victories took a strange turn Wednesday when Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann and manager Brad Ausmus were ejected – and then a subsequent pitch struck home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott in the shoulder.

After the Indians' 5-3 victory, Ausmus and the Tigers vehemently denied insinuations - including from the Indians' TV broadcast - that pitcher Buck Farmer and reserve catcher John Hicks conspired to intentionally hit Wolcott.

“To imply that was intentional is, first of all, a lie,” Ausmus, who saw the sequence on a clubhouse TV after his ejection, told the Detroit Free Press. “If any player intentionally tried to hurt an umpire on this team, we’d deal with it severely.

“For anyone to imply it was intentional is completely wrong. They are out of line in saying that, quite frankly.”

The Indians led 4-1 at Progressive Field when Farmer walked Jay Bruce to load the bases in the bottom of the third inning.


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