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Adam Jones gets ejected after arguing with umpire at Fenway Park

Adam Jones gets ejected after arguing with umpire at Fenway Park

Home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones in the fifth inning at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

Jones appeared to be arguing over balls and strikes after he struck out swinging on a 2-2 count. He was the second ejection of the night, as Orioles starter Kevin Gausman had gotten the boot in the second inning after hitting Boston Red Sox short stop Xander Bogaerts.

Just before the ejection, Jones left the batter's box, and was speaking to Holbrook without looking at him. The umpire quickly tossed Jones, who then turned around to further express his displeasure. Orioles manager Buck Showalter walked out to home plate and separated Jones from Holbrook. Showalter then argued in Jones' favor before the Baltimore outfielder took off his helmet and tossed it in the direction of Holbrook. A minute or two after the third strike, Jones left the field for the clubhouse.

It was Jones' first ejection of his career.

This comes after a Fenway Park fan yelled racial slurs at Jones on Monday. A fan also threw a bag of peanuts at Jones. He has since expressed his frustration over the incident.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,’’ Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.’’

He added: "It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family."

The stadium responded by giving him a standing ovation on Tuesday.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.