Crawford, Maddon ejected for arguing

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP)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.