OAKLAND -- Milton Bradley was in the lineup for just the second time in seven games Saturday, but he didn't stay there long. Bradley was ejected from the game in fourth inning for arguing with first-base umpire Angel Campos on a tag play. Josh Hamilton led off the inning with a single, and Bradley followed with a grounder to short. Bobby Crosby fielded it, stepped on second and then threw to first. His throw was high and off to the inside of first base. First baseman Daric Barton came off the bag, caught the throw and tagged Bradley for the out.More
Bradley argued that Barton missed the tag, and he continued the argument as he walked back to the dugout. Manager Ron Washington went on the field to argue, but Bradley kept up the argument from the dugout and was finally ejected. Bradley then raced back out onto the field to scream at Campos before first-base coach Gary Pettis pushed him away. The crowd hooted and hollered during the whole episode, and Bradley -- who once played for the Athletics -- made several gestures to them as he went back to the clubhouse.
The early exit was Bradley's fourth of the season, with his three previous episodes coming on May 21, May 23 and July 26.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less