Tigers cleared af­ter ump beaned by fast­ball

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS -

Ma­jor League Base­ball has ruled the Detroit Tigers did not in­tend to throw a pitch that struck the plate um­pire in the shoul­der and knocked him to the ground. MLB said Friday chief base­ball of­fi­cer Joe Torre re­viewed the play and found no wrong­do­ing. Um­pire Quinn Wol­cott was hit by a fast­ball from Detroit’s Buck Farmer dur­ing a game Wed­nes­day in Cleve­land. Rookie backup catcher John Hicks never touched the ball as it sailed past his mitt. The in­ci­dent came two batters af­ter Wol­cott ejected Tigers catcher James Mc­Cann and man­ager Brad Aus­mus over on­go­ing cri­tiques of his strike zone. Wol­cott ap­peared on a TV re­play to ask his fel­low umps: “They didn’t do it on pur­pose, did they?” The Tigers ve­he­mently de­nied any in­tent in the in­ci­dent.

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