By Matt Snyder
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his actions in Tuesday night's game in Milwaukee. Molina was called out on a third strike he felt wasn't in the strike zone and went a bit nuts on home plate umpire Rob Drake, bumping him several times and -- as the MLB press release called it -- spraying him with spittle twice while arguing.
"I am sorry for my actions and apologize for letting my emotions get the best of me," said Molina in a statement. "I want everyone to know that I would never intentionally spit on another person and that I have great respect for the umpires and the job they do. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will begin serving my suspension tonight."
The suspension is bad news for the Cardinals -- even though they surely knew it was coming. They are 3 1/2 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central. Molina is a three-time All-Star who is hitting .293 with eight homers and a .775 OPS.
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