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Yadier Molina explains why he went after Torey Lovullo

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Yadier Molina explained after Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks why he went after opposing manager Torey Lovullo during a bench-clearing incident.

Lovullo came out of the dugout to protest a strike three call on AJ Pollock in the second. While complaining about the call to umpire Tim Timmons, Lovullo mentioned the St. Louis Cardinals catcher by calling him a bad word. That set Molina off, leading him to be restrained by Timmons and then Cardinals manager Mike Matheny while going after Lovullo.

After the game, Molina said that Lovullo called him a “motherf—er” twice.

Molina said that Lovullo should not be allowed to talk to a player or umpire that way and hoped Lovullo might be fined.

Molina avoided ejection despite bumping Timmons, who later called the contact “incidental.” Lovullo was conciliatory after the game and expressed regret for his behavior.


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