MINNEAPOLIS — Twins reliever Sergio Romo was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball on Saturday for jawing with Indians star Francisco Lindor.
Romo and Lindor also were fined for the incident, which occurred during Minnesota’s 3-1 victory Friday night. Romo decided to serve his suspension during Saturday night’s game against the Indians.
“It’s disappointing, but we support Serge,” Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. “We know he’s a fiery guy. He’s on the mound, he’s always competitive, he goes out there and always lets his emotions fly. Sometimes, that’s not as liked by others and sometimes, there’s some jawing back and forth. That’s part of professional sports, and it turned into something that was a little bit too much last night, and then the league had to hand down the discipline.”
Romo worked a perfect eighth, retiring Lindor on an inning-ending flyout. Romo and Lindor exchanged words as the shortstop ran toward first, and then the two walked toward each other before they were separated by teammates.
The Twins, Indians and Chicago White Sox are locked in a tight race for the AL Central lead. The Twins and Indians finish their weekend set on Sunday.
“The last thing we want is any type of suspension impact,” Falvey said. “We’re in a tight race here that’s very likely to come down to a couple of games across probably all of the seeds in the playoff picture, and we want to give ourselves the best chance to be in the best spot at the end of the year.”
NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.
Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).
Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).
Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).
MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.
This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.
In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.
Expanded video review started in 2014.