Justin Verlander Ejected from Game
HOUSTON -- Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander was ejected from Tuesday night's 15-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning.
With one out and the Astros leading 9-0, Verlander yelled at home plate umpire Pat Hoberg after a 2-2 pitch to Tommy Pham was called a ball. Pham doubled to center field on Verlander's next pitch.
After the hit, Verlander yelled at Hoberg at least three times before he was ejected as Pham reached second base.
Verlander continued to jaw at Hoberg while he walked off the field and after he reached the dugout. Manager A.J. Hinch came on the field and talked to Hoberg for a couple of minutes before Brad Peacock took over for Verlander and play resumed.
"In my history with umpires, I'm turning my back to the situation. I'm trying to just kinda vent at this point. I never called him a name. I never said anything egregious to him. Just expressed my displeasure with the call on the field."
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