Royals' Hillman gets tossed

Royals' Hillman gets tossed

KANSAS CITY -- In the midst of a 10-game losing streak, Royals manager Trey Hillman's frustrations bubbled over into an early exit on Friday.

Hillman was ejected after the fourth inning during the Royals' 6-3 win over the Rangers at Kauffman Stadium.

The victory had Hillman, who has been ejected three times this season, in a better mood after the game.

Hillman's ejection stemmed from a close play at first base at the end of the fourth inning. With two out in the bottom of the inning, Yuniesky Betancourt bounced a slow chopper to shortstop Omar Vizquel, resulting in a bang-bang play at first.

First-base umpire Jerry Crawford called Betancourt out, and Hillman took a visit to umpire Crawford between innings to voice his displeasure. After a short argument, Crawford tossed Hillman out of the game.

"It was a blown call," Hillman said. "Typically, I don't come out of the dugout unless I'm 99-percent sure. I haven't seen the replay. I guess they replayed it several times before I got in. Everyone that has seen it said it was a blown call."

Hillman was also ejected on May 25 for arguing balls and strikes, and on July 11 for arguing another close play at first base.

"You don't have anything to lose at that point, having lost 10 games in a row," Hillman said. "Sometimes the best thing you can do is get kicked out of a ballgame."

Rustin Dodd is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.