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Gardenhire ejected after arguing for balk call

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected by home-plate umpire Marty Foster in the third inning of Minnesota's 2-1 win in 11 innings over the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon.

Gardenhire was tossed, as he argued from the dugout that Yankees right-hander David Phelps balked with Sam Fuld at first base and Brian Dozier at the plate.

After being thrown out, Gardenhire came onto the field to argue with Foster before third-base umpire Joe West came in to intervene.

"I didn't think it was a balk, it was a balk," Gardenhire said. "I saw video. He was stepping toward third and actually was moving his front foot like it was the old third-to-first play. He did it two times. So that's what I said, and then the umpire yelled, 'I can't hear you.' So I said, 'Ask Joe West. He calls every balk.' So then he threw me out."

It was the third time this season that Gardenhire was ejected, and the 70th time in his career.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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