KANSAS CITY -- Billy Butler was ejected in the ninth inning of the Royals' 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday night for objecting to a called third strike.
Facing Tigers closer Jose Valverde, Salvador Perez singled to left on a 3-1 pitch. Elliot Johnson ran for Perez and, on the first pitch to Butler, stole second base. Butler, called out on strike three, argued strenuously. Third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez and manager Ned Yost guided Butler to the dugout.
But Butler apparently continued to debate home-plate umpire Jordan Baker's call on a 3-2 pitch from the dugout and was tossed. Butler charged from the dugout and confronted Baker before Yost again intervened. Valverde then retired Lorenzo Cain and David Lough to end the game.
It was the second ejection for Butler this season.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.