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Foley tossed for first time since 2003

LOS ANGELES -- Third-base coach Tom Foley was ejected in the sixth inning of Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

After taking a called third strike for the third out in the top of the sixth, shortstop Yunel Escobar tossed his bat, helmet, protective pads and batting gloves with home-plate umpire Paul Nauert watching.

Foley sensed that the Escobar would soon be tossed and stepped into the fray.

"I just told him it was a bad call: 'You call one in the dirt and you called one on [James] Loney up and away,'" Foley said. "He said something, and I said [something]. And he said something again, and I said [something]. And he tossed me."

Foley did not know he had been ejected until he got to the water cooler and Evan Longoria asked who would be playing shortstop.

"Then Kelly Johnson goes, 'He threw you out,'" said Foley with a chuckle. "I was surprised I got tossed. But maybe he had enough."

It was Foley's first ejection since June 10, 2003, when Ed Rapuano did the deed in the fourth inning of the Rays' 4-2 loss to the Reds at Tropicana Field.

"Last time I got thrown out, Lou [Piniella] was managing, and he took his time getting out there," Foley said. "I finally ran out of things to do, and I kicked the bag, and he threw me out. I turned around, and there's Lou. I said, 'What took you so long?' And he said, 'Tommy, I can't get thrown out every night.'"

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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