'Smack' talk gives Adrian Beltre boot

Third baseman ejected by rookie umpire over misunderstood banter in Red Sox loss

Updated: August 26, 2010, 9:18 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- When players are dropping left and right, the latest casualty being Daisuke Matsuzaka two days before he was scheduled to pitch, maintaining a sense of humor can be an asset.

And sometimes it isn't.

Wednesday night, Adrian Beltre's "talking smack" with Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, a former teammate whom Beltre considers a "little brother," led to the second-inning ejection of the Boston Red Sox third baseman by a vacation-replacement umpire who evidently ...

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