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Tampa Bay Rays' Joe Maddon, Matt Joyce ejected against New York Yankees

NEW YORK — Manager Joe Maddon wasn't sure why he was ejected by home plate umpire Paul Emmel. DH Matt Joyce didn't stick around to explain why he was tossed a few innings later.

As much as the Rays are trying to maintain a cool day-at-a-time approach, their frustration seems evident.

Maddon was ejected after he objected to Emmel issuing a warning when rookie LHP Matt Moore threw a pitch behind the head of Curtis Granderson, the second Yankee to bat following Russell Martin's three-run homer in the third inning.

"I'm just yelling at him, 'That's not necessary. You don't have to set any warnings. He's not throwing at anybody right there,' " Maddon said. "And all I kept saying was, 'That's not necessary.' Then I said, 'You're wrong.' And then he threw me out."

Maddon, ejected for the fourth time this season and 27th as a Ray, went out to voice his dissent face to face and twice started to walk away then turned around to say a little more to Emmel. "At that point," he said, "I had to make two other points once I got out there."

Joyce, who has been in an extensive slump, was thrown out after disagreeing with a called third strike that ended the eighth. He left the clubhouse without talking to reporters.

3B Evan Longoria said there are other issues, too: "It seems like when we get down in games early that we're kind of just shutting down, we're not giving ourselves a chance to get back into games."

FULD HURT: OF Sam Fuld was walking okay in the clubhouse but still will be sidelined at least a few days due to a mild strain of his right hamstring. "It feels all right," he said. "It's not too bad. I don't have any history with hamstrings so it's hard to know how severe it is at this point."

Fuld said he first tweaked the leg on Friday and that it became much worse when he tried to accelerate running out a ground ball in the fifth inning Sunday. "When I saw (2B Robinson) Cano bobble it I tried to turn it up a notch, and that's when it grabbed," he said.

PITCHING IN: Rookie RHP Chris Archer will start Wednesday's game against Boston, pushing ace LHP David Price back to Thursday and RHP James Shields to Friday. Maddon had said they wanted to drop Archer in to provide extra rest for the others.

Price, who came back Friday after skipping a start due to shoulder soreness, said he feels fine and the move had nothing to do with him needing more time. "It's just the way they wanted to do it," he said. Price would be lined up on full rest to start a potential wild-card playoff game Oct. 5.

NUMBERS GAME: The five runs allowed in the third inning were the Rays' most in any frame since July 26 at Baltimore. … The four stolen bases the Rays allowed were their most in more than a year, since Aug. 29, 2011, at Toronto. … The Rays struck out 13 (or more) times for the 14th time this season. … The 1-5 trip was the Rays' worst two-city jaunt since August 2009. … CF B.J. Upton had his fourth four-strikeout game of the season. … The Rays have had 29 games with one or no hits through the first four innings.

MISCELLANY: INF Sean Rodriguez is hoping to be cleared to hit after an X-ray of his fractured right and an exam by Dr. Doug Carlan in St. Petersburg. … Double-A Montgomery hitting coach Ozzie Timmons, who played for the 2000 Devil Rays, will join the team to help out.

Tampa Bay Rays' Joe Maddon, Matt Joyce ejected against New York Yankees 09/16/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 16, 2012 9:28pm]

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