Umpire Tom Hallion, tweeting Rays players to be fined

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That weird deal from last weekend in which David Price said umpire Tom Hallion shouted expletives at him and Hallion accused Price of lying? And then the Rays players jumped on Twitter to defend their teammate and talk smack about Hallion? Well, it’s ending with fines all around:

 

Still no official announcement from MLB — we tend to get press releases about such matters — but if the ump is fined too, that’s fairly significant as far as these things go. And given that it has ended up as a he-said, he-said, I think no suspensions makes sense.

Now, let’s just see how small Hallion’s strike zone is the next time he calls a Rays game.

Brandon Morrow injured his back taking off his pants

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The Cubs’ bullpen got into trouble in the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon during the first game of a doubleheader. Justin Wilson started the inning with the Cubs leading 3-2, normally a situation for closer Brandon Morrow. Wilson issued a leadoff walk to Austin Barnes, then gave up a single to Justin Turner. Morrow wasn’t warming up, curiously. Wilson ended up giving up a go-ahead two-run double to pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer and the Cubs went on to lose 4-3.

We now know why Morrow wasn’t available. He says his back tightened up taking off his pants early Monday morning, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports. Morrow said, “It’s frustrating any time you can’t get out there, especially when you can’t go for something as stupid as taking your pants off.”

Morrow, 33, has been terrific in the closer’s role this season for the Cubs. He owns a 1.59 ERA with a 25/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He is also not available for the back end of Tuesday’s doubleheader, but it sounds like he won’t need to go on the disabled list.