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Umpires Line Up in Missing-Man Formation for Bell

MLB.

DETROIT (AP) — The umpiring crew for Game 3 of the AL championship series Tuesday lined up in missing-man formation during a moment of silence for umpire Wally Bell, who died of an apparent heart attack.

Jake Peavy, who will pitch Game 4 for Boston, began his news conference by offering condolences to Bell’s family. He called Bell a “tremendous, tremendous umpire, but a tremendous person as well.”

The moment of silence was held before the national anthem at Comerica Park. Five umpires lined up next to each other, with a gap between them and the sixth member of the crew.

Bell, a veteran of 21 big league seasons, died Monday.