Girardi tossed for first time in '10

BOSTON -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected for the first time this season.

Plate umpire Tim McClelland threw Girardi out of Sunday night's 9-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox after he argued a called third strike against Marcus Thames that ended the top of the fourth.

Thames took the third pitch of his at-bat from Jon Lester and McClelland hesitated before giving the strike signal. Thames protested and Girardi came from the dugout to move his left fielder away. The manager then turned his attention to McClelland and was ejected for the ninth time in his career as a manager, seven of them with the Yankees.

Girardi also was ejected three times as a player, one of them with the Yankees.

Thames returned to the dugout, smacked his bat on a step and flung his helmet to the ground.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.