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De Fratus ejected after throwing near batter

MLB.com Reporter @ToddZolecki

BALTIMORE -- Phillies right-hander Justin De Fratus wisely said little when asked if he tried to hit Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy with a pitch in the sixth inning Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

"I know what it looked like," he said after the 19-3 loss.

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BALTIMORE -- Phillies right-hander Justin De Fratus wisely said little when asked if he tried to hit Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy with a pitch in the sixth inning Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

"I know what it looked like," he said after the 19-3 loss.

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De Fratus had just allowed a home run to Chris Parmelee, the Orioles' seventh homer of the game, when the next pitch came inside to Hardy. The pitch missed, but home plate umpire Lance Barksdale immediately ejected De Fratus.

"Once he pointed at me, you just walk off the mound," De Fratus said.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said that was not the time to throw a purpose pitch.

"Nah," he said. "We need him to pitch. We needed as much as we could out of him, preferably through that inning. That would have saved Frenchy [Jeff Francoeur] from going two innings. Not the time to get kicked out."

So was it intentional?

"Doesn't matter," De Fratus said. "I got tossed. That's all I can say about that."

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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