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.MORE
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