Big Papi ejected after striking out in sixth

Big Papi ejected after striking out in sixth

KANSAS CITY -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, in the midst of an early-season slump, was ejected in the top of the sixth inning by home-plate umpire Mike Estabrook for arguing a called third strike on Friday night vs. the Royals.

In a game where the Red Sox lost 4-3 and didn't score after notching a three-spot in the fourth, Ortiz's bat could have been of use in the late innings. His replacement, Jeremy Hermida, did produce a single in his lone at-bat.

How did Ortiz manage to get ejected for the eighth time in his career?

"Frustration," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "We try not to have that happen very often. When guys come out of the game, it doesn't help you. Obviously, he had said something. It's kind of cut and dry."

It appeared the pitch from Royals right-hander Kyle Davies was low. Ortiz was 1-for-3 on the night with a double and two strikeouts. He is hitting .143 in the first four games of the season with no homers and one RBI.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.