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Video: Matt Chapman ejected after having a few words with Juan Graterol

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Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt in the bottom of the fourth inning of Wednesday’s afternoon game. As Chapman stepped into the batter’s box he had a few words with Angels catcher Juan Graterol, who stood up and flipped his mask up to confront Chapman. Chapman was ejected and manager Bob Melvin came out to argue with Everitt on his player’s behalf.

The confrontation apparently started because the Angels felt Khris Davis was tipping pitches from second base in the second inning, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Chapman was replaced by Renato Nunez, who struck out.

The game is only in the fifth inning. Hopefully the drama ends there, but there’s plenty of ballgame left. The Athletics hold a 1-0 lead thanks to a solo home run from Davis, who now leads the American League with 39 home runs.

Troy Tulowitzki poses as a pitcher on photo day

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Update: The photographer was apparently in on the action, according to Topps. Still pretty funny. (Hat tip: Mike Ashmore)

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.