Yadier Molina fined $5,000 for shoving umpire Jerry Meals in Game 1 of the NLDS

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been fined $5,000 by Major League Baseball for shoving aside home plate umpire Jerry Meals during an altercation with Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez during Game 1 of the NLDS. Molina was able to avoid a suspension.

The altercation occurred after Adam Wainwright hit Yasiel Puig with a pitch, which upset Gonzalez. Gonzalez voiced his displeasure to Molina and the two got face-to-face to shout at each other. Meals attempted to separate the two, but an irate Molina pushed Meals aside to continue to yell in Gonzalez’s face.

In the four games the Cardinals needed to dispatch the Dodgers from the NLDS, Molina had two singles and a double in 15 at-bats with zero RBI and a pair of runs scored.

Tigers sign Francisco Liriano

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Liriano split time between the Blue Jays and Astros last year, putting up a 5.66 ERA in 38 games, 18 of which were starts, striking out 85 and walking 53 in 97 innings. He pitched two-thirds on an inning in the World Series, but overall it was a pretty substandard season. But hey, those innings ain’t gonna eat themselves, and Liriano will eat some in Detroit.

Not to speak ill of him: he is almost certainly the second best Francisco Li- player in the division.