ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers third base coach Steve Smith
began a five-game suspension Thursday night for a confrontation
with umpire Brian O'Nora in Cleveland last week.
In addition to the suspension, Major League Baseball fined Smith
an undisclosed amount for "inappropriate and aggressive actions"
toward an umpire.
O'Nora called Texas' Mark Teixeira out at the plate last Friday.
Smith was ejected for arguing.
Brook Jacoby, already filling in as hitting coach while Rudy
Jaramillo recovers from prostate surgery, has assumed many of
Smith's duties. Jacoby will be the team's infield coach and first
base coach with Bobby Jones moving from the first base box to third