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Bowa Tossed From Game for Arguing

March 26, 2003

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) _ Philadelphia Phillies manager Larry Bowa was ejected in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game against Toronto after yelling at Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay, causing both benches to empty.

Bowa was enraged that Halladay hit Jim Thome with a pitch in the third inning and charged out of the dugout to argue with plate umpire Eric Cooper in the fourth. The umpire had warned both teams after Phillies reliever Rheal Cormier threw two inside pitches to Halladay.

As Bowa was walking back to the dugout, he shouted and walked toward Halladay. Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca ran onto the field, and both teams came out of their dugouts. No punches were thrown, and Bowa had to be restrained by several people.

Thome left the game after he was hit above the right elbow. He said the elbow was numb and he couldn’t swing a bat, but doesn’t expect to miss the season opener at Florida on Monday.

``My gut feeling is it’s nothing serious,″ Thome said.

Phillies pitcher Bud Smith hit Blue Jays center fielder Reed Johnson in the third. After Thome was hit, Cormier threw his first two pitches at Halladay, but missed. His second pitch hit Cooper in the left hand.

``It’s nice to know your boys have your back,″ Thome said, adding that he had no history with Halladay.

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