The Red Sox got their first ejection of the season, and Mike Carp the first of his career, in a very strange series of events during last night’s game against the Texas Rangers.
With a 12-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth, the Rangers decided not to waste any more relievers and sent left fielder (and former Red Sock) David Murphy to the mound. Murphy pitched the Rangers’ only scoreless inning of the game, and he struck out Carp. And Carp was not happy.
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On a 1-2 pitch, Carp watched a high breaking ball whizz past him. Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher called it a strike, and ended Carp’s at-bat. Carp walked away noticeably angry, and exchanged some words with Fletcher on his way back to the dugout. Apparently, Fletcher saw Carp make a gesture that he didn’t like, and threw him out of the game. This prompted John Farrell to start making his way out of the dugout before Fletcher and crew chief Joe West warned him to stay p...