Adrian Beltre ejected from today's game

March, 27, 2011
3/27/11
5:34
PM CT
PEORIA, Ariz. -- If spring training is for practice, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre got some of his yelling at umpires out and umpire Paul Schrieber got a chance to rehearse his ejection signal.

"It's spring training," Beltre said. "Everybody has to work on something."

Beltre said he was yelling that a pitch was outside and didn't even know he was ejected. The game was delayed a few minutes while manager Ron Washington argued and Beltre finally headed to the clubhouse.

"I do that every game," Beltre said. "I heard him say my name and that I was out and I said, 'Thank you.'"

The third baseman said he's never been thrown out of a spring training game before.

"There's always a first," Beltre said.

Before he exited, Beltre had two hits, including a double in the fifth. Beltre's knee hit the ground right after the swing, something of a trademark for him. It hit off the center field wall. Beltre is hitting .267 this spring and has been hot recently. After a mild calf strain kept him out for two weeks, Beltre appears ready for the season -- at the plate, in the field and in his ability to needle the umpires.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.92 159 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
OPSA. Beltre .880
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159