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NEW YORK -- Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount in the aftermath of Saturday's ejection by plate umpire Tony Randazzo.
MLB said in a statement Tuesday that it was banning Papelbon because of "his inappropriate actions, which included making contact with (the) home plate umpire." The suspension was to begin Tuesday night against the New York Yankees, but Papelbon is appealing.
In the ninth inning of Saturday's extra-inning win over the Oakland Athletics, Papelbon was tossed by Randazzo after showing displeasure over called balls and strikes. The pitcher said something to Randazzo after Conor Jackson's two-run single and the umpire took off his mask and replied. Papelbon rushed toward the umpire and was ejected. At one point during the argument, Papelbon bumped Randazzo with his chest.
Before Tuesday's announcement, Papelbon said he had not been interviewed by anyone connected with Major League Baseball about the incident. Nevertheless, he had suspected he would be disciplined.
"It's me," he said. "You know I don't get away with anything. I've been fined for being three seconds late (between pitches)."
With his suspension pending, Papelbon notched his 200th career save on Tuesday as the Red Sox held of the Yankees 6-4.
"For me, confidence is everything and going into outings when you're not sharp, the No. 1 thing I'm trying to do is go back and be sharp, get confidence back under my belt," Papelbon said. "So it's a big deal."Gordon Edes covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.