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Sports log: MLB penalizes umpiring crew for error


Major League Baseball suspended umpire Fieldin Culbreth two games Friday because he was in charge of the crew that allowed Astros manager Bo Porter to improperly switch relievers in the middle of an inning. Culbreth and the rest of his crew — Brian O'Nora, Bill Welke, and Adrian Johnson — were also fined an undisclosed amount, after MLB admitted its umps goofed for the second straight day. With two outs and the Astros ahead, 5-3, Thursday, Houston’s Wesley Wright came in from the bullpen and threw several warm-up pitches. Porter then ran out to stop him and brought in another reliever, Hector Ambriz. Angels manager Mike Scioscia argued Wright was required to pitch to at least one batter, but the umpires let Ambriz stay in. The problem in Houston came a day after Angel Hernandez and his crew in Cleveland failed to reverse a clear-cut home run after a video review. MLB vice president Joe Torre said the umpires made an ‘‘improper call.’’ . . . The Rangers put catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle . . . Lefthander Francisco Liriano will come off the disabled list and make his Pirates debut Saturday against the Mets . . . Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain

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