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|Posted: Fri May 5th, 2017 02:16 am||
|Baltimore Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman was understandably upset Wednesday night following an early, and controversial, ejection for hitting Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
Gausman plunked Bogaerts with a 77-mph curveball to lead off the second inning and was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook, despite protests from both Gausman and Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph.
"I didn't know who he threw out at first," Gausman said, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. "Just complete bush league, to be honest."
"It's malarkey," Joseph said, according to Ryan Hannable of WEEI. "It's freaking BS."
Kevin Gausman tossed by Sam Holbrook after hitting Xander Boegarts with a 77-MPH curveball. Surpised Caleb Joseph stayed in (bumped ump). pic.twitter.com/s8AwgrIJEM
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Tensions were high following an emotional game Tuesday that ended in a expletive-laden tirade from Manny Machado, who took exception to a 98-mph fastball that Chris Sale threw behind him.
Major League Baseball even held a conference call between managers John Farrell and Buck Showalter prior to Wednesday's game in an effort to quash anymore animosity between the two clubs.
"You keep trying to do the right thing and take the high ground," Showalter said, according to Britton. "It's frustrating. It's hard to keep turning the other cheek. You've got a 77-mph pitch compared to 96 last night. You figure it out. You guys are smart. You guys have been watching a lot of baseball."
Gausman went on to tell reporters that everyone knew Sale threw behind Machado on purpose but wasn't ejected, while he was kicked out of the game for a curveball he claimed slipped out of his hand.
"To throw me out in that situation after what Sale did yesterday, throwing 98 behind a guy on purpose - everybody knew it - and you're going to throw me out for hitting a guy on a curveball, 0-0, in the second inning? It's pretty bush league," Gausman said.
Sale has yet to receive any discipline from the league for his actions, though it was reported earlier Wednesday that he might receive some recourse for the throw behind Machado.