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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina argues with home plate umpire Rob Drake after being called out on strikes during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina argues with home plate umpire Rob Drake after being called out on strikes during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina argues with home plate umpire Rob Drake after being called out on strikes during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina argues with home plate umpire Rob Drake after being called out on strikes during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash
Houston Astros' Carlos Corporan, rear, scores as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina waits for the throw during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson Houston Astros' Carlos Corporan, rear, scores as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina waits for the throw during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson

MIAMI (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended for five games after bumping an umpire several times and spraying him with spittle during a run-in this week.

Major League Baseball also fined Molina an undisclosed amount. He decided against appealing, and the penalty is to begin Thursday night when the Cardinals play at Florida.

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Molina became incensed after getting called out on strikes by plate umpire Rob Drake in the 10th inning Tuesday night in Milwaukee and got right up in his face. Already ejected, Molina kept bumping his chest into Drake and some spit flew into the umpire's face during the animated dispute.

The Cardinals beat the Brewers 8-7 in 11 innings.

 

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