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Mike Rizzo disciplined, Ivan Rodriguez fined after umpire incident in New York

The league considers the matter, which stemmed from a player late in the Nationals’ 1-0 loss to the New York Mets, closed. The official declined to elaborate on the fine or if umpire Phil Cuzzi, who filed a complaint against Rizzo, would also be disciplined. Rizzo has not returned an email seeking comment.

In the ninth inning Thursday, Cuzzi called Jayson Werth out on a close play at first base even though replays clearly showed Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy came off the base and Werth would have beaten the throw, anyway.

Afterward, Nationals personnel, including Rodriguez, verbally clashed with the umpires outside the visiting clubhouse. Rizzo, though, said Friday that his incident with the umps had “absolutely nothing to do with” the controversial play to end the game.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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