Papelbon suspended 7 games by MLB

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Joe West #22 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Jonathan Papelbon, booed while walking off the field after a poor outing Sunday, directs an apparent crude gesture toward Phillies fans. Papelbon was ejected by home-plate umpire Joe West for the stunt.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Joe West #22 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Joe West #22 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Joe West #22 after Papelbon was ejected from the game for making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Marty Foster #60 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Marty Foster #60 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies argues with umpire Marty Foster #60 after Papelbon was ejected from the game after making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 14: Manager Ryne Sandberg #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies talks with closer Jonathan Papelbon #58 after Papelbon was ejected from the game for making an obscene gesture while leaving the field after the final out in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins in a game at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon walks off the field after making a lewd gesture to the crowd during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 5-4. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games and fined Monday night by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire.

Papelbon said in a statement distributed by his agent that he would immediately begin serving the suspension, and that he regrets making contact with umpire Joe West on Sunday.

But the right-hander insisted he wasn't making a vulgar motion toward fans as he walked off the field to boos after giving up four runs in the ninth inning of Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. He apologized to Phillies fans in the statement.

"While I completely understand how the fans would perceive my gesture while being booed, it was not my intent whatsoever to insult the fans of Philadelphia," Papelbon said. "If it was perceived in that manner, I sincerely apologize."

Papelbon was ejected by West after the umpire thought Papelbon grabbed his crotch in response to the jeers from the crowd.

"The whole thing started because the fans booed him and he made an obscene gesture. He had no business doing that," West said Sunday. "He's got to be more professional than that. And that's why he was ejected."

The fiery reliever jogged out of the dugout and got into a face-to-face argument with West, who grasped the pitcher's jersey to hold him off, and Papelbon then argued with first base umpire Marty Foster. Papelbon threw a cup of liquid on the field before leaving the dugout.

"The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner's Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior," the team said in a statement. "By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday."

Papelbon had converted 14 straight save chances since July 22 when he entered with a 4-1 lead. He is 37 for 41 in save chances this season.

Jonathan Papelbon's Lewd Gesture at Booing Phillies Fans Gets Him Ejected
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