MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's game against Toronto for arguing a close call at home plate.
With two on and one out in the bottom of the inning, Mike Redmond hit a fly ball to shallow right field. Alex Rios caught the ball and made a strong throw home that took catcher Gregg Zaun a few feet up the third base line.
But Zaun made a nice play to catch the ball and tag Torii Hunter on the rear end just before Hunter reached home plate.
Hunter immediately got up and started arguing with home plate umpire Mike Winters and Gardenhire came to Hunter's aid.
Replays appeared to show Zaun's glove grazing Hunter's behind, just where his batting glove was sticking out of his pocket.
As Hunter stormed back to the dugout, Gardenhire took his hat off and continued arguing with Winters, who then threw the manager out.
The red-faced manager threw his arms up in disbelief and walked back to the dugout to a rousing ovation. It was his fourth ejection this season and 32nd of his career.
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