Sports Briefing: Major League Baseball Prevails Upon Managers for Cooler Heads

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Pittsburgh Manager Clint Hurdle, left, was ejected after arguing with the umpire Ben May in Seattle last month.

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Major League Baseball wants managers to stop arguing with umpires over balls and strikes — and warned them not to rely on replays as grounds for their grumbling.

“This highly inappropriate conduct is detrimental to the game and must stop immediately,” the former Yankees manager Joe Torre, now a league executive, said in a memo to managers and front offices.

Any manager or coach ejected for arguing balls and strikes “hereafter will be disciplined, including at least a fine,” Torre added.

St. Louis Manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that the memo had gotten his attention.

“Joe’s the boss, so I guess we’d better cool it,” he said.

LET’S PLAY TWO Starling Marte hit a solo home run in the 18th inning, and Pittsburgh won at Washington, 2-1, in a marathon game that lasted almost six hours.

Pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy had homered with two outs in the ninth inning for Washington to tie the game nine innings earlier.

AROUND THE MAJORS Edwin Jackson held San Francisco hitless until Conor Gillaspie’s three-run homer in the seventh inning, and host San Diego held off the Giants, 5-3. Billy Hamilton scored on a passed ball with two outs in the ninth inning, and Cincinnati beat visiting Milwaukee, 1-0. Ichiro Suzuki doubled and singled twice but was denied one more hit after a replay challenge, leaving him six shy of 3,000 as Miami won at St. Louis, 6-3. Cole Hamels gave up an unearned run in his first game at Wrigley Field since throwing a no-hitter there last season, and Texas beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-1. Chase d’Arnaud singled with two outs in the ninth inning, and host Atlanta beat Colorado, 1-0.

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