Orioles infielder Julio Lugo was ejected from Tuesday’s game
following his strikeout in the top of the fifth inning, an animated display
that home plate umpire Joe West took offense to.
Lugo, who singled in his third-inning at bat, went down looking
on three pitches from Rays starter David Price, promptly him to strike his
helmet into the ground and toss his batting glove to the side as he walked out
to the field, prepared to go to second. But
West motioned to Lugo that his night was over, granting Lugo – a last-minute
addition with Brian Roberts’ illness – his first ejection of the season.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter came out of the visiting
dugout to argue briefly with West, as Lugo walked off. Brandon Snyder entered
the game at first base and the Orioles moved first baseman Ty Wigginton to
second in Lugo’s absence.