Rays’ Upton suspended two games

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, Last Updated: 2:41 PM ET

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball has suspended Tampa Bay Rays outfielder B.J. Upton two games and fined him for an incident in Wednesday's game.

MLB's release said it disciplined Upton for "inappropriate conduct" in the bottom of the ninth inning of the 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Upton was ejected after heatedly arguing a called third strike with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild.

A moment after Fairchild called the strike, Upton pointed his right hand at the umpire and started yelling.

Fairchild immediately threw Upton out of the game, but it didn't stop the outfielder from continuing to point and shout. Upton tossed his bat and helmet to the ground before Rays third base coach Tom Foley and bench coach Dave Martinez came out to hold him back.

The whole episode lasted about half a minute, and ended with Upton reluctantly leaving the field.

MLB said Upton has elected to appeal the suspension, which will be deferred until the process is complete.


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