Umpire Bob Davidson ejected a Phillies fan for heckling

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Update #2 (11:24 PM EDT): Here’s Davidson explaining why he ejected the fan. Via CSN Philly’s Marshall Harris via Kevin Cooney of Calkins Media:


Update (9:27 PM EDT): Here’s video!

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The Giants-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night has been interesting and not just because it’s been an offense-packed, back-and-forth game. In the sixth inning, home plate umpire Bob Davidson ejected a fan who had been loudly heckling him throughout the game.

Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal has the details:

The Phillies fan is only the second person Davidson has ejected this year. The other was Anthony Rendon back on June 15. Rendon argued a called strike three.

The Phillies jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings against Madison Bumgarner, but the Giants fought back and scored five times in the fifth to tie it at 6-6. The Phillies scored once in the bottom half of the fifth, only to have their lead once again erased in the sixth on an Angel Pagan two-run home run. It’s currently 7-6 Giants.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.