Cedeno ejected in 8th-inning tirade

CHICAGO -- Roger Cedeno was ejected in the top of the eighth
inning Tuesday night after breaking his bat on home plate, and
umpire Rick Reed said the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder then spit
on him.

Reed filed a report on the incident after the Chicago Cubs 7-3
victory over the Cardinals with Bob Watson, baseball's vice
president of on-field operations.

"Whatever he had in his mouth, the contents came on me," Reed

Asked if he thought it was intentional, Reed said, "Yes. ... He
was pretty profane. His obscenities were pretty personal."

Cedeno believed he had checked his swing on an 0-1 pitch, and
Reed initially called it a ball. But Cubs right-hander Matt Clement
appealed to third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez, who said Cedeno had

Cedeno was livid and argued with Reed.

"I didn't agree with how he was calling a lot of strikes the
whole game," Cedeno said. "I thought it wasn't a strike."

Reed upheld Marquez's call, and Cedeno was so angry he smacked
his bat on home plate, breaking it. Reed then tossed him.

"He was very violent, I believed, and he was unprofessional,"
Reed said. "He was given chances to calm down and he chose not to.
It's his bed that he made."

But Cedeno said he never meant to break his bat.

"I was very excited at that moment and did it a little
harder," he said. "I didn't mean it."

After he was ejected, Cedeno started for the Cardinals dugout
and then turned around, approaching Reed again and spraying him
with whatever was in his mouth.