MLB suspends James Loney one game for making contact with umpire

Tuesday August 25th, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney has been suspended one game for making contact with an umpire, the league announced Tuesday. He has also been fined an undisclosed amount.

After striking out looking in the sixth inning of Saturday's win over the Athletics, Loney was ejected by home plate umpire Paul Nauert for flipping his bat and spiking his helmet. Upon hearing the call, Loney thrust himself at Nauert to explain how he felt about the decision. 

The 10-year veteran is appealing the league's decision. He will play first base and bat seventh against the Minnesota Twins. A suspension will not be served until his hearing.

Heading into Tuesday night's game, the Rays sit two and a half games out of a wild card spot. The team's 62-62 record also has them fourth in the American League East divisional standings.

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-Kenny Ducey

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