CHICAGO (AP) — Kansas City Royals starter Glenn Sparkman has been ejected for hitting Chicago’s Tim Anderson in the helmet with a pitch.
Sparkman struck Anderson in the bill of his helmet in the second inning Wednesday night with nobody out, a runner on first and the White Sox leading 2-1. Anderson’s helmet was knocked off his head, and plate umpire Mark Carlson immediately ejected the 27-year-old right-hander.
It was Anderson’s first at-bat of the series. He wasn’t in the lineup the previous four games because of right wrist soreness.
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Last month, Anderson was hit by Kansas City’s Brad Keller in the backside after an elaborate bat flip on a home run in his previous at-bat. That sparked a benches-clearing scuffle. Keller was suspended five games and Anderson for one.
Sparkman was making his second start of the season.
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