Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie will
likely be hearing from commissioner Bud Selig in the near future after his
tirade in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Rays ended with his helmet
hitting home plate umpire Bill Miller in the leg.
Trailing 4-3 with one out in the ninth, Lawrie appeared to draw a walk when
Fernando Rodney's 3-1 pitch caught Jose Molina's glove nearly a foot off the
Lawrie, 22, began his trot to first base but was stopped in his tracks when
Miller made a late strike call.
Rodney's payoff pitch looked out of the strike zone, and Lawrie again started
towards first with an apparent walk. This time, Miller wasted little time
calling the pitch a strike, and Lawrie erupted.
Just as Miller was ejecting him from the game, Lawrie spiked his helmet in the
umpire's direction, and it struck Miller in the leg.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell needed to separate the two, and he too was
ejected by the time Lawrie made his way to the dugout.
Rodney retired the next hitter to complete Tampa Bay's sweep of the two-game
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