Yo, ump, not so fast
Houston pitcher Roy Oswalt is off the hook after getting the hook from umpire Bill Hohn. Thing is Hohn is on it.
Hohn tossed the Astros ace after a confrontation in the third inning of Monday's 14-3 loss to the Nationals for arguing.
Now a MLB official is saying the ump will be addressed "in a very stern way."
Bob Watson, the vice president in charge of discipline, rules and on-field operations for MLB, told Houston television station KRIV that Oswalt will not be penalized further after Monday's incident but Hohn will get a phone call from Mike Port, baseball's vice president in charge of umpires.
After missing the strike zone with a pitch against Washington's Josh Willingham, Oswalt looked toward the first-base line and yelled something. Hohn took off his mask and yelled at Oswalt, who responded, "I ain't talking to you!" Hohn then ejected Oswalt.
Ex-pitcher Robertson dies
Former major-league pitcher Jeriome Robertson, whose 15 wins led all rookies in 2003, has died. He was 33.
He was killed Saturday when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed, the California Highway Patrol said.
The lefthander went 15-9 with a 5.10 ERA for Houston in his one big year and topped the team in victories. After that, he was traded to Cleveland and his career rapidly faded.
His career mark was 16-12. Robertson's last game in the majors came in July 2004 - he hit Magglio Ordonez with his final pitch and was ejected.
Pirates trade for Eveland
Toronto traded lefthanded pitcher Dana Eveland to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a minor-league reliever Tuesday.
The 26-year-old Eveland will be joining his fifth major-league team in the last five seasons. A former draft pick of Milwaukee, he was 3-4 with a 6.45 ERA in nine starts this season for Toronto.
Toronto acquired 23-year-old righty Ronald Uviedo from the Pirates. He was 0-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 16 relief appearances for double-A Altoona.
Adding a vegan breaded faux chicken sandwich to the Citizens Bank Park menu earned it a fourth straight top ranking by PETA of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly ballparks. PETA noted the Bank's stellar menu of faux crab-cake salad, protein-packed veggie burgers and veggie dogs, a Southwestern black-bean burger, a veggie steak sandwich, a mock chicken steak, and the new vegan Rice Crispie treat. Yum-o!
Four more and it's a baseball team
Stephanie McGwire, the wife of St. Louis Cardinals batting coach Mark McGwire, delivered triplets - all girls - on Tuesday. The 46-year-old McGwire now has five children in his second marriage.