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Houston Astros' manager suspended

May 14, 2004 at 4:40 PM

NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- Houston Astros manager Jimy Williams was suspended one game by Major League Baseball Friday for his tirade against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Williams also was fined an undisclosed amount for his "prolonged arguing and inappropriate conduct" during the bottom of the eighth inning in Houston's 5-4, 10-inning loss.

The incident took place shortly after Astros righthander Roy Oswalt unleashed a pitch high and inside to light-hitting Jesse Garcia.

Plate umpire Gary Darling called the pitch a foul ball, but second base umpire Rob Drake overruled the call, claiming the ball glanced off Garcia's helmet. Williams was ejected during the ensuing argument.

"Some umpires have better than 20/20 vision," Williams said after the game. "That umpire must have better than 20/20 hearing. He heard the ball hit the helmet from second base."

Williams was expected to serve his suspension Friday night when his team hosts the New York Mets.

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