Five Royals ejected after latest incidents vs. Athletics

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Monday, April 20, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tempers flared again Sunday in the Oakland-Kansas City series, with five more Royals getting ejected.

The benches emptied for the third straight day after Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera threw a 100 mph fastball shoulder-high behind Brett Lawrie in the eighth inning.

Herrera was ejected, and pointed at his head as he left the field. Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu and injured Royals shortstop Alcides Escobaralso were banished by plate umpire Greg Gibson.

"That's what got me hot. That's what got me mad. You can't throw at my head and then say, 'Next time I face you, it's in the head,'" Lawrie said of Herrera's gesture. "He needs to pay for that. He doesn't throw 85. He throws 100."

Athletics closer Sean Doolittle, who is on the disabled list, took to Twitter to call out Herrera.

Herrera claimed his head-pointing motion was done to say "think about it."

"I don't mean to hurt anybody," Herrera said. "I was just trying to throw inside, but just a bad grip on that fastball. It started raining pretty good. And they just tossed me out of the game."

Royals manager Ned Yost was ejected in the first inning after Royals outfielderLorenzo Cain was hit by a pitch from Scott Kazmir.

"I'm not really sure if it was intentional," Cain said. "I felt like it was intentionally. He [Kazmir] did ask if I was OK."

Both teams were issued a warning by Gibson. Yost came out to argue and was immediately ejected, and pitching coach Dave Eiland also was tossed.

The Royals overcame the ejections to beat the A's 4-2 behind Kendrys Morales' tiebreaking two-run double in a three-run eighth inning.

Royals ace Yordano Ventura was ejected Saturday after hitting Lawrie with a pitch following Josh Reddick's home run. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown.

Lawrie's hard slide into Escobar injured the shortstop's knee Friday and caused the benches to clear.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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