BALTIMORE -- On a night when Stephen Drew hit two homers, it was a swing in the dugout by David Ortiz that got the most attention.
In the seventh inning of a 7-3 win by the Red Sox over the Baltimore Orioles, Ortiz got himself ejected by home plate umpire Tim Timmons after arguing two called strikes in an at-bat than ended in a strikeout.
An incensed Ortiz took his bat to a dugout phone, with the bat splintering and nearly hitting teammate Dustin Pedroia, seated on the bench nearby, ducking for cover.
Oritz was ahead in the count 3-and-0 when Timmons called a high pitch. On the next pitch, which appeared outside, Timmons called strike two. Realizing that he had to protect himself, Ortiz then went down swinging on a pitch in the dirt.
He jawed with Timmons in the dugout and when he began hammering the phone in the dugout in a display of his temper, Timmons ran him. Ortiz briefly came back on the field, but was restrained by John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo.
"I've got 17 years in the league and I don't think I deserved to be disrespected like that,'' said Ortiz. "That was horrible -- both of those pitches, not one...It was a ball (on the first called stirke) and the funny thing is, if the catcher wanted to let it go, it would have hit (Timmons) in the face.
"And the funny thing was, he tried to act like it was the right call. I don't play that. I don't pitch, I don't play defense. I hit. You're not going to take my at-bat away from me. Period.
"People are always focused on when we snap. We're not snapping every day out there. There's a reason why you snap. You always look like the bad guy. I'm not a bad guy; I'm trying to do my job. You don't take my at-bat away from me like that.''
What really angered Ortiz most was the refusal on Timmons's part to acknowledge he missed one (or both) pitches.
"When I'm walking away, he wants to act like he was right,'' said Ortiz. "No, you wasn't. He wasn't right. The whole planet saw that (he) wasn't right. Don't be giving me that (expletive). If you miss it, just tell me, 'I missed it,' and I walk away. I've got no problem with that. You're not perfect; you're human. But don't be trying to act like you had the right call. That was ball four.''
Ortiz said he didn't expect any further discipline from the commissioner's office and welcomed a review of the events.
"I want to hear what the argument is going to be,'' he said. "I want to hear that, because I have a good one. When a situation like that happens, I think MLB should do something about it, because that was horrible.''
Pedroia appeared to be having words with Ortiz about being in the line of fire of the broken bat, but insisted he was just trying to calm Ortiz down.
"Guys get frustrated,'' said Pedroia. "It's part of the game. I just wanted to make sure that David didn't get too bad to where he got suspended or anything like that. He's the biggest part of our lineup. We can't lose David for one game.
"I'm sure it looked pretty funny, the smallest guy out there yelling at the biggest guy. It's part of the game. I go down there and snap sometimes. It happens.''
"He just didn't want me to go crazy,'' said Ortiz, "because things could get worse. But I didn't hit anybody. I knew what I was swinging at. I've got good eyes, bro.''