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Baseball

Player spit on him, ump says

By Associated Press
Published June 9, 2004

CHICAGO - Roger Cedeno was ejected in the eighth after breaking his bat on home plate, and umpire Rick Reed said the Cardinals outfielder then spit on him. Reed filed a report on the incident after the game.

"Whatever he had in his mouth, the contents came on me," Reed said.

Asked if he believed it was intentional, Reed said, "Yes. His obscenities were pretty personal."

Cedeno believed he had checked his swing on an 0-and-1 pitch, and Reed initially called it a ball. But after an appeal, third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez said Cedeno swung.

But Cedeno said he never meant to break his bat.

"I was very excited at that moment and did it a little harder," he said. "I didn't mean it."

[Last modified June 9, 2004, 01:24:08]


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