Umpires erred in last night's Dodgers loss *

It turns out the Dodgers' Jonathan Broxton should not have been forced to leave last night's game when substitute manager Don Mattingly visited the pitching mound twice during the same inning. Instead, baseball rules say Broxton should have been required to finish facing the batter, but perhaps Mattingly should have been ejected from the game. The San Francisco Chronicle explains the rule nuances.

Meanwhile: Dodgers manager Joe Torre, coach Bob Schaefer and pitcher Clayton Kershaw have all been suspended over last night's beanball war.

* Further discussion: Bob Timmermann explores the baseball rule book and whether Mattingly really erred. Native Intelligence

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