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Farrell gets 1-game suspension for ejection

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox were without manager John Farrell for Tuesday night's game vs. the Twins after Major League Baseball issued him a one-game suspension for his actions arguing a balk call with umpire Bill Miller during Saturday's contest against the Angels.

Farrell was also fined an undisclosed amount for his suspension, which cannot be appealed, according to league rules.

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox were without manager John Farrell for Tuesday night's game vs. the Twins after Major League Baseball issued him a one-game suspension for his actions arguing a balk call with umpire Bill Miller during Saturday's contest against the Angels.

Farrell was also fined an undisclosed amount for his suspension, which cannot be appealed, according to league rules.

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The fact that Farrell poked Miller in the chest -- even though it might have been incidental -- was the main cause for the suspension.

"Given what transpired the other night, I'm not surprised by it because there was some accidental contact during the argument so it's a one-game suspension," said Farrell.

Farrell will be allowed to watch the game at Fenway Park, as long as it isn't in any designated team areas, or in the press box.

Bench coach Gary DiSarcina managed the Red Sox in Farrell's absence.

In the seventh inning of the Angels' 6-3 win over the Red Sox on Saturday, Miller, the third-base umpire and crew chief, called a balk on Boston left-hander Fernando Abad, allowing Cameron Maybin to score from third.

The hitter, Kole Calhoun, stepped out of the box and home-plate umpire Ryan Blakney raised his hands as to call time. But after a brief meeting, the umpire crew stayed with the ruling on the field that the balk occurred before time was called.

Farrell became incensed and received his first ejection of the season.

"I haven't received any further determination or review of what transpired [from the league]," said Farrell. "My position, my stance, remains steadfast. I still firmly believe that time was called. I wasn't arguing the balk. I was arguing the timing of it, as I reiterated today to those that I spoke with that I still stand by my side of the argument. Unfortunately, there was contact made."

Worth noting
• Designated hitter Hanley Ramirez was out of the lineup for a second straight day after getting hit in the left knee by a pitch on Sunday.

"He's improved today, he's responding to treatment, he's still going through some work right now," Farrell said. "We'll get a bat in his hand here shortly to determine if he's available to pinch-hit tonight. Prior to yesterday's game, we said day to day and he's still in that status, but he is improving."

Brock Holt, who hasn't played for the Red Sox since April 20 because of a prolonged bout with vertigo, remains in a holding pattern in his quest to go on a Minor League rehab assignment.

"You know, when we were on the last road trip, we felt like we were getting closer this past weekend," said Farrell. "He's improving. He's faced live pitching and has done that multiple times. But given all that he's gone through, he's not able to go out until those symptoms have completely subsided. So while it's improving, he's still feeling some of it."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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