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Five Royals ejected in win over Athletics

Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was ejected from Sunday's game for throwing at Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie, continuing a saga that's dominated the first two games of their three-game weekend series.
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Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera was ejected from Sunday's 4–2 win in Kansas City for throwing at Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie, continuing a saga that dominated the three-game weekend series.

Herrera was ejected in the top of the eighth when he threw behind Lawrie on a 2–0 count with two outs in the inning. Home-plate umpire Greg Gibson quickly tossed Herrera, and while benches did not empty, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and acting manager and bench coach Don Wakamatsu were all ejected from Kansas City's bench.

Herrera appeared to point to his head while walking off the field.

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Injured A's lefthander Sean Doolittle took exception to Herrera's pointing on Twitter.

Wakamatsu was serving as the Royals' active manager because Ned Yost and pitching coach Dave Eiland were ejected in the first inning when A's starter Scott Kazmir hit Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain with a pitch.

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On Saturday, Royals righthander Yordano Ventura was ejected for hitting Lawrie with a pitch. That came one day after Lawrie's hard slide into second base injured Escobar, who sustained a mild sprain to his left knee on the play. Escobar did not play in Sunday's game, but was ejected after Lawrie was hit in the eighth. Both benches emptied after Lawrie's slide, but there were no ejections.

Mike Fiammetta