Showalter, Reynolds ejected after close play at first is overturned

August 17, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

Orioles manager Buck Showalter and first baseman Mark Reynolds were ejected from Friday night’s game against the Tigers after the umpiring crew overturned a close call at first in the fifth inning.

Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a sharp ball down the third-base line. It was backhanded by Manny Machado, who made a strong throw to first with one foot in foul ground. Reynolds lunged to catch the throw and appeared to keep his right toe on the bag.

First-base umpire Jeff Kellogg initially called Peralta out, but after Peralta and Tigers manager Jim Leyland argued the ruling, Kellogg and home-plate umpire Tim Timmons met at first and eventually overturned the call.

Reynolds slammed his mitt on the ground and threw in a profanity, and he was immediately ejected by second-base umpire Vic Carapazza. Showalter ran out of the dugout to argue and was eventually ejected by third-base ump Marty Foster.

Machado was given a throwing error on the play.

Joe Mahoney replaced Reynolds at first.

It was Reynolds' second career ejection, his first coming on Aug. 20, 2010. It was the 24th time Showalter has been ejected but just the second time this season (April 22 at the Angels).

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