Crawford, Madden ejected for arguing

Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford and Joe Maddon were ejected during the

fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game against Boston for arguing

about a pitch that plate umpire Bob Davidson called a strike.

Crawford objected to the call, stepping out of the batter’s box

to exchange words with Davidson after left-hander Jon Lester’s

first-pitch curve broke across the plate and appeared to wind up

out of the strike zone.

Maddon bolted out of the dugout when the argument intensified,

and Crawford was ejected as the manager stepped between the player

and umpire.

Maddon continued the argument and was tossed, too.

The ejections were the first of the season for Crawford and

Maddon.