MLB notes: Price in war of words with ump

Rays hurler David Price is in a war of words with one MLB ump. (REUTERS)

Rays hurler David Price is in a war of words with one MLB ump. (REUTERS)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

David Price should have been happy after earning his first win of the season on Sunday.

Instead, he claims umpire Tom Hallion spoiled his party.

Now, Major League Baseball is investigating the incident.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Price threw what he thought was a 2-2 count strike to White Sox batter Dewayne Wise. Hallion called the pitch a ball.

Despite retiring Wise on the next pitch, Price made his way to the dugout and claimed that Hallion yelled at him to "throw the ball over the f------ plate."

Price's allegation was relayed to Hallion after the game, and the umpire responded by saying Price's body language indicated his unhappiness with the call.

Hallion claimed he told the Rays hurler, "Just throw the ball," and called the pitcher a "liar."

Price tweeted the following after the game: "Someone give me the definition of a coward please," and "Someone please give me the definition of accountability."

ORIOLES ACQUIRE CATCHER SNYDER

The Baltimore Orioles received some help behind the plate after catcher Taylor Teagarden broke his thumb.

The Orioles acquired minor-league catcher Chris Snyder from the Los Angeles Angels for relief pitcher Rob Delaney.

Snyder hit .176 with seven homers for the Houston Astros last season. He is hitting .342 with seven homers in 21 games at Triple-A.

The Orioles will probably call him up to be Matt Wieters' backup, according to CSNBaltimore.com.

Delaney has not pitched in the majors since 2011, when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays.

FORMER MLB PITCHER BRAD LESLEY DIES

Former MLB pitcher-turned-actor Brad Lesley has died. He was 54.

He was rushed to a hospital in Marina del Rey, Calif., on Saturday and passed away after suffering kidney failure, according to his ex-wife, Chiho Svimonoff.

Lesley battled long-term kidney problems and had been living in a nursing home for the past seven months where he was receiving dialysis.

He pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers from 1982 to 1985, appearing in 54 games and compiling a 1-3 record with six saves over 72.1 innings. He then played for Japan's Hankyu Braves, where he was nicknamed The Animal for his aggressive style.

He later became a Japanese TV star after appearing as a regular on the game show Takeshi's Castle for two seasons, and secured small parts in a variety of sports movies, including Mr. Baseball and Little Big League.

BRIEFLY: New York Mets third baseman David Wright missed Monday's game against the Miami Marlins with a sore neck ... Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders, of Victoria, was taken off the disabled list after missing 2 1/2 weeks with a sprained right shoulder ... Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward told reporters he hopes to be back from an appendectomy no later than the end of May.


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