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08/31/08 7:52 PM ET
Washington, Laird earn early exit
Rangers skipper, catcher ejected after arguing Sunday
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Manager Ron Washington and catcher Gerald Laird both watched the final innings of the Rangers' 4-3 victory over the Angels from somewhere other than the dugout after they were ejected from Sunday's game. Both were ejected by home-plate umpire Bill Hohn for arguing balls and strikes. It was the fourth ejection of the year for Washington and the first for Laird. Both were thrown out one game after not being ejected in Saturday night's contest despite arguing far more vociferously about a play at the plate. Washington was tossed in the seventh almost immediately after Marlon Byrd was called out on a third strike. Hohn said Byrd didn't check his swing. Washington screamed something about asking for help. Hohn, who had already thrown out Angels manager Mike Scioscia earlier in the game, didn't want to hear it. "All I said was he needed to ask for help," Washington said. "He told me he had ejected Mike Scioscia for arguing balls and strikes. I said that wasn't about balls and strikes. He had eject-itis today." Laird was ejected after a called third strike in the eighth inning. This time Hohn wasn't as quick. Laird wasn't thrown out until he got near the Rangers' dugout. "All I said was the way [catcher Mike Napoli] caught the ball, there's no way," Laird said. "I said, 'Bill, what are you seeing?' He said, 'I saw it ...' I was just explaining it to him." Laird barked at Hohn a couple of times around home plate. Just before he got to the dugout, he turned back to Hohn and that's when he was thrown out. "The guys in the dugout were yelling at [Hohn], 'He's walking away from you, he's walking away from you.'" Laird said. "I thought I had been ejected. I turned around because I thought he had thrown me out. That's when he tossed me."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.