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Rays await word on possible Loney suspension

'We all know the rules,' Cash says after 1B makes contact with ump
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OAKLAND, Calif. --- A day after James Loney was ejected for arguing a called strike three, the Rays await word on whether Major League Baseball will further dicsipline Loney.

After home plate umpire Paul Nauert called Loney out in the sixth inning of the Rays' 5-4 win against the A's, Loney flipped his bat and slammed his helmet to the ground. Then, after Nauert ejected Loney, Loney approached him and the two touched before the first baseman was restrained.

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OAKLAND, Calif. --- A day after James Loney was ejected for arguing a called strike three, the Rays await word on whether Major League Baseball will further dicsipline Loney.

After home plate umpire Paul Nauert called Loney out in the sixth inning of the Rays' 5-4 win against the A's, Loney flipped his bat and slammed his helmet to the ground. Then, after Nauert ejected Loney, Loney approached him and the two touched before the first baseman was restrained.

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Video: TB@OAK: Loney discusses ejection in the 6th inning

After the game, one issue was whether it was an intentional "bump" or unintentional contact. Loney could be fined or suspended.

"We all know the rules," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We can't have contact at any capacity. Whether it was or was not, that's something that we know not to do. We'll just let Major League Baseball review it."

After Saturday's game, Loney said Nauert had thrown him out before Loney said anything to him.

"I've thrown my helmet and bat down plenty of times," Loney said after the game. "I'm not saying anything to you, so just relax. You can tell his personality's not the best. He's just kind of there."

Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com.

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