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Mario Impemba and Rod Allen won’t return as Tigers’ broadcasters

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Last month, Fox Sports Detroit broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen got into a physical altercation. The two had a disagreement over a chair in the broadcast booth. Impemba left the booth and Allen went after him, choking him from behind.

Both Impemba and Allen were flown home separately after the incident and neither was allowed to return to the broadcast booth for the remainder of the regular season. We have now learned, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, that Fox Sports Detroit will not bring them back next year.

Impemba had been calling Tigers games as the play-by-play man since 2002. Allen served as the color commentator since 2003.

Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson got the call-up, so to speak, when Impemba and Allen were eschewed and figure to be the favorites to handle the post next season.

Video: Nolan Arenado collects 200th career home run

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The Rockies fell 9-6 to the Orioles on Saturday, but the loss wasn’t without its bright spots. Case in point: Third baseman Nolan Arenado passed a significant career milestone on an Andrew Cashner fastball in the third inning, slugging the ball a projected 394 feet into the left field stands for his 200th career home run.

Arenado is the 34th active player to join the 200+ homer club and the first to do so since the Braves’ Freddie Freeman crossed that threshold on May 19. The three-run shot was the infielder’s 14th of the season and third since Friday, when he went deep twice against Orioles rookie John Means and reliever Shawn Armstrong. Following Saturday’s performance, he’s batting a robust .333/.377/.632 with 30 extra-base hits, 42 RBI, and a 1.009 OPS through 220 plate appearances.

He isn’t the only Rockies slugger making history, either. Arenado’s feat trailed that of Trevor Story, who clobbered an 0-2 pitch from Armstrong during the seventh inning of Friday’s 8-6 win. The two-run blast was his 100th home run in 448 career games, making him the fastest shortstop to reach the mark in MLB history.

The Rockies will vie for the series win as they round out the series on Sunday, with right-hander German Márquez scheduled to take the bump against fellow righty David Hess at 3:10 PM EDT.