MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Umpire Paul Schrieber has apologized for making contact with Detroit Tigers slugger Magglio Ordonez during a confrontation Wednesday night.
In the seventh inning against Minnesota, Schreiber called Ordonez out on strikes. Ordonez argued that the pitch was low. As Schrieber spoke to him, the umpire placed his hand on Ordonez's back and steered him toward the dugout.
Schrieber read a brief statement before the Tigers-Twins series finale on Thursday. He said he "should not have placed my hands on him, period. For doing so, I apologize to both Magglio Ordonez and the Detroit Tigers."
Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected for coming to Ordonez's defense. Before the game Thursday, Leyland and Ordonez said they did not think Schrieber's act had malicious intent.