Reds star Votto mum on tantrum, no word on possible penalty

CINCINNATI (AP) Reds star Joey Votto isn't saying much about his home plate tantrum.

Votto turned 32 on Thursday and was in the starting lineup against St. Louis, a day after his volatile argument with an umpire during Cincinnati's 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh.

The first baseman says he hasn't heard from Major League Baseball about a possible penalty. Votto said he wasn't going to talk about the exchange with umpire Bill Welke.

Votto was ejected after he tried to call time following a second called strike. The 2010 NL MVP threw down his batting helmet, yelled at Welke from close range and seemed to spray spit on the umpire.

Reds teammates and umpire Laz Diaz intervened and restrained Votto from getting back at Welke.

The ejection was Votto's third of the season. He was suspended for one game after bumping umpire Chris Conroy on May 6 in Pittsburgh.