Tampa Bay Rays pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore, and umpire Tom Hallion were fined an unspecified amount by Major League Baseball for their involvement in an April 28 incident during a game, according to an ESPN.com report.
Price claims Hallion used a profanity during a seventh-inning argument as Price walked toward the dugout. Hallion then ejected Hellickson for his comments from the Rays' dugout.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Price said Hallion told him to "throw the ball over the f----- plate" and added that for Hallion to speak to him that way was "terrible."
However, Hallion told a pool reporter that he didn't curse at Price.
"I'll come right out bluntly and say he's a liar," Hallion said, according to the Times.
Hellickson replied on his Twitter account by saying, "There's only one person lying about all this and his name starts with a T and rhymes with pom."
MLB vice president Joe Torre issued the punishment after reviewing the incident with the assistance of Peter Woodfork, who oversees MLB umpires, and Joe Garagiola, who handles player discipline.
A source told ESPN.com that Hallion was fined for his role in the confrontation along with his postgame language. Price, Hellickson and Moore were fined for their critical comments of Hallion on Twitter.
MLB's social media policy prohibits players from "displaying or transmitting content that questions the impartiality of or otherwise denigrates a major league umpire."