ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been ejected from a key game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

With the struggling Yankees clinging to a one-game lead over Baltimore in the AL East, an angry Girardi was tossed by plate umpire Tony Randazzo in the fourth inning Tuesday night.

It appeared New York's Chris Dickerson wanted timeout, but Randazzo did not grant it and Dickerson took a called third strike to end the inning. Dickerson didn't seem to like the call and moments later Girardi came storming out of the dugout, yanked his cap off his head and argued face-to-face with Randazzo.

Before heading back to the dugout, Girardi kicked dirt in the batter's box.

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