TORONTO – Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was ejected from Game 3 of the American League Championship series against the Kansas City Royals.
Tulowitzki was ejected by home plate umpire John Hirshbeck as he took his defensive position in the top of the eighth inning when he appeared to still be arguing balls and strikes from his previous at-bat.
Tulowitzki struck out to end the seventh on a pitch from Royals reliever Kris Medlen that appeared to have missed the strikezone wide. Ryan Goins replaced him at shortstop while Cliff Pennington filled in for Goins at second base.
He is the first American League player to be ejected from a post-season game since Dwight Gooden in 1998.
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Toronto manager John Gibbons rushed out of the dugout to argue with Hirshbeck following the ejection, while bench coach DeMarlo Hale put himself in between an irate Tulowitzki and the umpire as the shortstop walked off the field.
The Blue Jays were leading 10-4 and Tulowitzki was 2 for 4 with a three-run home run and two strikeouts.