Yankees manager Aaron Boone suspended 1 game for tirade

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended one game for his tirade during Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers, Major League Baseball announced Sunday.

Boone served the suspension Sunday as the Yankees wrapped up a four-game series with Detroit in New York.Bench coach Josh Bard ran the team in Boone's absence.

The Yankees manager was ejected Friday after leaving the dugout to give plate umpire Nic Lentz a steady earful of complaints about his strike zone and doing a catcher impression. It was the third time Boone has been ejected in his first season as a manager.

During the dispute, the bill of Boone's hat touched Lentz's hat.

"Obviously, I got a little too close for comfort there, so that's part of the deal. I just got to accept that," the first-year manager said before the game.

"Look, I was arguing. I got kicked out of the game. I reacted how I reacted. Unfortunately, I got a little too close, so I do regret that," he said. "I always want to be in control, in control of my emotions to a degree, but sometimes you also have to state your claim and defend certain things that are important. But I definitely shouldn't have nicked his cap."

"Do your job!" cameras caught Boone shouting, as he turned from the umpire and got into the crouch in front of Tigers catcher James McCann, who was standing. From his crouch, Boone mimicked catching two pitches while screaming: "That's a ball. That's a strike. OK?"

Asked if his was something he could keep in mind for a similar situation in the future, Boone said: "Yeah, or just flip the cap the around backwards and let er rip."

"I'll be hopefully better, learning from this and commanding my emotions in a better way," he said.

MLB said Boone also had been fined an undisclosed amount for his outburst.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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