Major League Baseball suspended umpire Fieldin Culbreth for two games because he was in charge of the crew that allowed Houston 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 day. Culbreth and his crew worked the Padres-Rays game in Tampa, Fla., on Friday.
The problem in Houston came a day after Angel Hernandez and his crew in Cleveland failed to reverse a clear-cut home run after looking at a video review. MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said the umpires made an “improper call.”
Swings and misses
Some of the San Diego Padres called it a split-finger fastball, others called it a changeup. Whatever it was that Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb was throwing, the Padres were swinging and missing.
Cobb struck out 13 in fewer than five innings and Ryan Roberts and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs apiece to help the Rays rally for a 6-3 victory Friday night.
Cobb became the first pitcher in major-league history to strike out that many batters and fail to make it through the fifth inning. The right-hander faced 23 batters and left after throwing 117 pitches in 4⅔ innings.
On the sidelines
Boston Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan will have surgery on his right forearm next week and require a recovery time of six to nine months. ... Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper was out of the lineup after having an ingrown toenail removed, while right fielder Jayson Werth went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The team recalled outfielder Eury Perez from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained oblique muscle in his left side. ... Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer expects to undergo an MRI exam Monday for neck stiffness. ... Florida Marlins infielder Chris Valaika had two pins inserted in his left wrist in Miami. He’s expected to be out six to eight weeks. ... The Los Angeles Dodgers transferred right-hander Chad Billingsley to the 60-day disabled list. He had Tommy John elbow surgery April 24.