NEW YORK — Closer Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended three games for making contact with an umpire.
The suspension was to begin Tuesday night against New York, but Papelbon is appealing and earned a save in Boston’s 6-4 win over the Yankees.
Major League Baseball also fined Papelbon an undisclosed amount for his actions in the ninth inning last Saturday, when he blew a four-run lead as the Oakland Athletics tied it at 7. Boston won 9-8 in 14 innings.
Papelbon was upset with the balls and strikes calls of plate umpire Tony Randazzo. The pitcher said something to Randazzo after Conor Jackson’s two-run single and the umpire took off his mask and replied. Papelbon rushed toward the umpire and was ejected.
At one point during the argument, Papelbon bumped Randazzo with his chest.
THE RED SOX have activated shortstop Marco Scutaro from the 15-day disabled list and inserted him into the lineup for Monday night’s game against the New York Yankees, giving aching infielder Jed Lowrie some rest.
Scutaro has been out since May 8 because of a strained left oblique. Manager Terry Francona said his playing time will depend on how others are feeling, including Lowrie.
Lowrie hurt his shoulder in a collision chasing a popup on May 29 in Detroit. He says the shoulder hasn’t gotten better – or worse – and he hopes to have an MRI as soon as possible for his “peace of mind.”
Scutaro is hitting .235 with one home run and eight RBI in 20 games.
To make room, the Red Sox sent RHP Scott Atchison to Triple-A Pawtucket.