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Machado called for interference, Green ejected for arguing

April 3, 2019
San Diego Padres' Manny Machado rounds the bases on a two-run home run by Hunter Renfroe during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)
San Diego Padres' Manny Machado rounds the bases on a two-run home run by Hunter Renfroe during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manny Machado was called out on batter’s interference after dropping his bat near John Ryan Murphy while the Diamondbacks catcher tried to catch a popup, a disputed decision that led to Padres manager Andy Green’s ejection.

Machado appeared to brush Murphy as he broke out of the box in the sixth inning Tuesday night while Murphy moved to catch a popup about 10 feet down the first-base line. As he ran by, Machado tossed down his bat toward Murphy’s feet, though the bat did not touch Murphy. The catcher dropped the pop foul, but plate umpire Bill Welke signaled for interference and called Machado out.

Green came out to argue with Welke and was ejected. Green slammed his cap to the ground.

Machado has been criticized in the past over his baseball ethics. He was called a “dirty player” by NL MVP Christian Yelich during last year’s postseason after stepping on Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar’s leg while running out a groundout.

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