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K.C. catcher litters field with debris after being ejected

Posted: Saturday August 16, 2003 2:56 PM
Updated: Saturday August 16, 2003 6:27 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas City catcher Mike DiFelice threw coolers and a trash can onto the field Saturday after being ejected following a wild play in the first inning against Minnesota.

With two runs in and two runners on base, Minnesota's A.J. Pierzynski lifted a high pop fly into shallow left.

The first runner scored easily when the ball dropped between left fielder Dee Brown and shortstop Angel Berroa. Then DiFelice took Berroa's throw to the plate just as Torii Hunter crashed into him.

Although DiFelice held onto the ball as he went tumbling backward, home plate umpire Jerry Layne called Hunter safe, triggering an animated argument from DiFelice, who was almost immediately tossed.

Once he reached the dugout, DiFelice began throwing stuff onto the field and raging at the umpire. Royals manager Tony Pena, who was still on the field arguing with Layne, ran back to the dugout and herded DiFelice into the tunnel.

The Twins began the day three games behind Kansas City in the AL Central.

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