Boston’s Varitek, Papelbon tossed in ninth inning
Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and closer Jonathan Papelbon have
been ejected in the ninth inning after Boston blew a four-run lead
Varitek was the first to go, saying something to home plate
umpire Tony Randazzo after Cliff Pennington doubled to left to pull
the A’s to 7-5 with one out.
Pinch-hitter Conor Jackson followed with a two-run single and
Papelbon also crossed Randazzo, saying something as he turned on
the mound toward center field.
Randazzo took off his mask and replied, then Papelbon turned
around and stormed toward the umpire, pointing aggressively as
Randazzo signaled the ejection.
Manager Terry Francona charged out of the dugout, but didn’t
reach Papelbon before he bumped Randazzo with his chest at the