CLEVELAND (AP) -Gary Sheffield was ejected in the fifth inning of the Detroit Tigers' game against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
Plate umpire Greg Gibson tossed Sheffield in a strange sequence in which the Tigers' DH argued a strike call, then broke his bat on a groundout and threw away the piece of wood still in his hands.
Sheffield showed displeasure on a pitch from Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia that was called a strike by Gibson, making the count 0-and-2.
Sheffield bounced the next pitch to second baseman Josh Barfield, and angrily threw away part of his bat - in the general direction of Gibson. Sheffield didn't run halfway down the line before Gibson threw him out, then turned and ran back at the umpire.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland and catcher Ivan Rodriguez came out of the dugout to restrain Sheffield, who repeatedly poked his finger in Gibson's direction and yelled at the umpire. Coaches Gene Lamont and Andy Van Slyke also helped calm down Sheffield, who left the field to booing by fans.
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