BOSTON -- Mike Napoli earned his first career ejection in the Red Sox's 9-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night at Fenway Park.
After striking out looking to end the sixth, and setting the new franchise record for strikeouts in a season, Napoli appeared to share a few words with home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa while walking toward first base. Before Napoli could turn around, he had been ejected.
The 31-year-old had never been tossed in his eight-year career -- much of which was spent as a catcher in close proximity to the man in blue.
His 178th strikeout passed the Red Sox's old record of 177, set by Mark Bellhorn in 2004.
Napoli also hit his 22nd home run of the season earlier in the game.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less