Ross ejected for first time after arguing check swing

Ross ejected for first time after arguing check swing

BOSTON --- David Ross is one of the most mild-mannered members of the Red Sox. He's usually friendly to everyone in the clubhouse -- teammates, media, staff -- often saying goodbye to whoever he can on his way out after a game.

In the eighth inning Saturday, Ross's temper flared on the field. The 37-year-old catcher was ejected for the first time in his career after striking out on a check swing with the count full. Home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez pointed down the line to check with first-base umpire Vic Carapazza, who rang up Ross with Seattle leading, 7-3. Yoervis Medina's fastball was high and Ross appeared to hold back his swing and draw a walk, but was instead the second out of the inning.

Ross headed down the line yelling "no chance," among other things, at Carapazza. The umpire warned him to get back in the dugout, but Ross kept coming toward first. Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to restrain Ross, who was tossed seconds later. He then tried getting close to Carapazza to say his piece, but Farrell and Hernandez held him back until he got close enough to speak his mind for several seconds.

Ross did not make himself available to the media following Boston's 7-3 loss to the Mariners. Christian Vazquez caught the ninth.

"Rossy is usually calm, cool and collected," said reliever Alex Wilson. "I think I heard that was his first career ejection. He's been around for a while. So for a guy of his stature to get fired up like that, he obviously believed there's a bad call."

Ross has been in the Majors since 2002. He had played 735 career games and struck out 609 times without being tossed.

Entering Saturday 18 games behind first-place Baltimore, 16 games under .500, losers of six straight and trailing by four in the eighth, Ross still wanted to make his case heard.

"There's still a lot of fight in this group," Farrell said. "Certainly there's a lot of frustration in the stretch that we're in right now, but it doesn't take away from the competitiveness in which we're going about it."

Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.