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Despite big missed call, Joyce named top ump

Jim Joyce, who cost the Tigers' Armando Galarraga a perfect game on June 2, was voted the best umpire in ESPN the Magazine's poll of 100 players released Sunday.

Joyce missed a call at first that would have been the final out of the perfect game. After seeing a replay, the 22-year veteran said he blew the call and apologized to Galarraga.

In a confidential survey of 50 players from each league, Joyce was named the best by 53 percent, topping Tim McClelland (34) and Jim Wolf (15). CB Bucknor was named the worst by 37 percent topping Joe West (35) and Angel Hernandez (22). West was first on ejecting players and managers the quickest at 35 percent. Rob Drake was at 12 and Bill Hohn at 9.

And 29 percent said umpires deserve a B grade followed by C (20) and A (16).

Braves: 3B Chipper Jones missed his second game with a recurrence of the inflammation in his right ring finger that caused him to miss five games earlier this month. He is day to day.

Orioles: RHP Alfredo Simon, first on the team with six saves, was activated after missing 18 games with a strained left hamstring.

Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips sat with a right hamstring cramp, which forced him out on May 27, and is day to day.

Red Sox: RHP Tim Wakefield, 43, became the 131st pitcher to surpass 3,000 innings. Among active players, only Phillies LHP Jamie Moyer (3,982), 47, and Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte, 38, (3,0062/3) have more than the knuckleballer's 3,0042/3. Also, 1B Kevin Youkilis, hit on the right arm by a pitch Saturday, sat because of soreness and is day to day.

Tigers: CF Austin Jackson left in the first with back spasms and is day to day. RF Magglio Ordonez, out since June 6 with a strained oblique, is expected back Tuesday.

Twins: 2B Orlando Hudson, out since May 30 with a sprained left wrist, took batting practice and hopes to return Tuesday.

Yankees: OF Marcus Thames went on the DL with a strained right hamstring sustained Saturday. He called the injury mild and said he should return when eligible in 15 days.

Despite big missed call, Joyce named top ump 06/13/10 [Last modified: Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:35pm]
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