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Valencia, Gardenhire ejected in Twins' loss

Valencia, Gardenhire ejected in Twins' loss

Valencia, Gardenhire ejected in Twins' loss
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins third baseman Danny Valencia was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt in the eighth inning of the Twins' 4-1 loss to the Orioles, and manager Ron Gardenhire came to his defense and was promptly tossed as well.

Valencia struck out swinging on a 3-2 slider from O's reliever Michael Gonzalez and immediately argued with Wendelstedt, as he wasn't happy with the called second strike on the prior pitch.

Valencia then was ejected for the first time in his career and was later replaced at third base by Luke Hughes.

"My emotions got the best of me there," Valencia said. "I probably shouldn't have done it, obviously. I kind of let him know I was displeased, and I shouldn't have done it, and he threw me out. I didn't curse or anything. It was my first and it'll probably be my last."

Gardenhire also came out and exchanged words with Wendelstedt after Valencia was thrown out and ended up getting tossed for the 60th time in his career. It was also the sixth time this season that Gardenhire was ejected, as he was also tossed on Thursday for arguing about an overturned home run hit by Justin Morneau.

"I had to go out and defend a little bit," Gardenhire said. "Hunter and I have actually gotten along really well. It's one of those things where I got a little frustrated. So that's my fault, not Hunter's."

Gardenhire, who has had spats with Wendelstedt in the past, flipped his cap off in his disgust on his way off the field.

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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