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Garner argued baserunning out call

8/13/2004 - Houston Astros

MONTREAL -- Houston Astros manager Phil Garner was suspended
for Friday night's game in Montreal and fined an undisclosed amount
because of a run-in last week with umpire Brian Knight.

Garner was ejected during the Astros' 3-2 loss to the Expos in
Houston last Saturday.

Jose Vizcaino had jumped over Montreal pitcher Jon Rauch to beat
out an infield hit, and was walking back to first base when he was
tagged by catcher Einar Diaz.

Knight called Vizcaino out for making a move toward second base.
Vizcaino said he never intended to advance, and Garner and Knight
got into an argument.

"The umpire claimed I bumped him, which is not right," Garner
said.

Garner was upset about the one-game suspension, which was handed
down by Bob Watson, vice president of on-field operations for Major
League Baseball.

"I think ultimately the umpire has to have authority to make
calls," Garner said. "We have to accept those things. It's that
one side of the story has been taken and my side is not being
considered."

Bench coach John Tamargo replaced Garner, who will return
Saturday.