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Johnson tossed in Toronto after exchange with umpire

TORONTO -- Randy Johnson was ejected in the second inning of
Friday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after arguing
with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth.

With Frank Menechino at the plate and the count 2-2, Johnson
threw a pitch on the inside part of the plate. The 6-foot-10
left-hander yelled at Culbreth, who popped out to the first-base
side of the plate and took off his mask.

Culbreth yelled something at Johnson and pointed at the pitcher.
Johnson yelled something back, and the umpire then ejected him.

Yankees catcher John Flaherty got between Johnson and the
umpire, and Yankees manager Joe Torre came out of the dugout to
argue.

Johnson flipped the ball onto the infield before walking to the
Yankees dugout.

Johnson allowed three runs and two hits in 1 2/3 innings,
throwing 50 pitches. Scott Proctor relieved and retired Menechino
on his first pitch.

It was Johnson's shortest regular-season start since July 23,
1993, for Seattle at Cleveland, when he lasted 1 1/3 innings,
according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Johnson gave up eight runs in
that game.