Red Sox DH David Ortiz was ejected by home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against the Royals. Ortiz had singled to center field off of Kelvin Herrera. He held his bat for a prolonged period of time before flipping it back towards home plate, landing in fair territory. Dreckman and Ortiz jawed a bit and ultimately, the veteran slugger was ejected.
It sounds like Ortiz wasn’t happy with a couple of strikes Dreckman called earlier in the at-bat, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.
Here’s video of the incident.
Ortiz, 39, finished 1-for-3 and is still hitting a mediocre .231/.317/.402 with nine home runs and 29 RBI on the season.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.
The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.
Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.