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Victor Martinez tosses helmet on field after ejection for arguing

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was promptly ejected from Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels after arguing balls and strikes during the third inning.

Both Cameron Maybin and Miguel Cabrera were punched out in the bottom of the third inning -- Maybin went down swinging and Cabrera looking -- before Martinez expressed his displeasure on a strike call from plate umpire Mike Everitt.

He exchanged words with Everitt, placing his hands behind his back, presumably to take a nonaggressive stance while arguing his case, but the theatrics only intensified from there.

Martinez grew enraged during the heated exchange with Everitt, prompting both manager Brad Ausmus and second-base umpire Tim Timmons to intervene. Ausmus had to practically drag Martinez back to the dugout after the ejection, but the veteran 37-year-old continued to yell in Everitt's direction even after leaving the field.

Martinez also threw his helmet from the dugout, and Everitt made a note of that before resuming game action.

Martinez, who earned his fourth career ejection with the animated tirade, was replaced by outfielder Tyler Collins as designated hitter.