ST. PETERSBURG -- Royals manager Ned Yost didn't quite make it through Wednesday afternoon's final game against Tampa Bay.
After Eric Hosmer argued following being called out on strikes in the eighth inning, Yost was ejected by home-plate umpire Scott Barry for remarks directed his way from the bench. It was Yost's third ejection this year and the 29th of his managerial career.
Reason for the ejection?
"I guess because I was arguing balls and strikes," Yost said.
Was there some dispute over the strike zone?
"A little bit," Yost said. "Not a whole lot but some. A couple of pitches. Then he [Barry] wanted to stare into the dugout for another 15 minutes until I muttered another word."
Yost muttered and was gone.
With bench coach Chino Cadahia absent because of a family matter, Yost was asked who took over the managerial duties for the last inning.
"My wife was sitting eight or 10 rows back," Yost said jokingly.
Actually, the rest of the coaching staff combined to handle the job.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.