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UPDATE: Price not happy Rays were fined, wants apology from umpire Hallion

UPDATE, 1:21: Price was not pleased with MLB for fining him and his two teammates, saying he won't be as willing to help MLB going forward, and that he wants an apology from Hallion.

"As many times as MLB asks us to tweet stuff for them, I find it kind if funny,'' Price said. "It's fine. I'll remember this next time they ask me to do something. I don't feel like we were in the wrong, and we got mistreated."

All three players were fined $1,000, and it is believed Hallion was fined the same amount.

Price said he didn't want to see Hallion fined or suspended, but - as miffed that Hallion called him "a liar" as anything - wanted an apology.

"That's all I cared about,'' he said. "Whatever happened to Hallion, I justed wanted an apology. I didn't want any money to come out of his pocket, I didn't want him to get fired or fined or suspended, I just wanted what I thought was fair to me and the rest of this team, and that was an apology.''

And has he gotten that?

"No,'' he said.

Price said he "could have chose a better way to handle it, but I still feel like I handled it pretty well.'' He said he felt he didn't direct his tweets directly at Hallion. Also that it was "a little embarassing" to be called a liar.

Moore said the $1,000 "kinda seems like a lot for a tweet" but he's glad issue is resolved and thought it got too much attention.

Hellickson said, "$1,000 is a lot of money, I wish I hadn't done it now."

Rays Maddon said he was glad the issue was at least somewhat resolved: "I just wanted to make sure that it died a quick death, it just gained way too much traction, it didn't deserve all of that I believe.''

UPDATE, 10:19: Price was fined $1,000, and it's believed the others got the same amount. Hallion's crew is on vacation this week.

DEVELOPING: Umpire Tom Hallion and Rays players David Price, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore have been fined undisclosed amounts by MLB for their actions on Sunday. There will be no suspensions.

The fines are believed to be for an equal amount.

Price claimed that as he was walking off the mound after the seventh inning, Hallion yelled at him to "throw the ball over the f-ing plate." Hallion denied that he cursed when speaking to a pool reporter and called Price “a liar.’’ Price, Hellickson (who was ejected for his reaction from the bench) and Moore tweeted criticisms of Hallion's denial, which is a violation of MLB's social media policy.



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