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Papelbon fined, suspended for gesture

During Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins, Phillies pitcher, Jonathon Papelbon, allegedly made an obscene gesture directed towards the crowd.

The Phillies closer stepped onto the mound with a 4-1 lead over the Marlins and left after giving up four runs and Philly trailing 5-4. Booed as he walked off the field, Papelbon grabbed his crotch and was directly ejected from the game by umpire Joe West. Papelbon was served with a seven game suspension and an undisclosed fine, effective immediately.

Phillies released a statement saying, "The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner's Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior. By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday."

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