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Twins' Baldelli ejected after umps ask Yankees' German to wash hands

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Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was ejected from Saturday's game after a bizarre incident involving New York Yankees right-hander Domingo German.

Following the top of the third inning, the umpires met with German and Yankees manager Aaron Boone, apparently telling German that he needed to wash something off his hands. The substance on his hands turned out to be rosin.

Baldelli appeared to take exception to German being allowed to remain in the game and was tossed after a brief argument.

Following the top of the fourth inning, German was again thoroughly checked for any substances on his hand but was allowed to remain in the game.

"He was warned. He didn't fully comply, I would say, with the warning from what I was told," Baldelli said postgame, per The Associated Press. "When he returned and it was still on there partially, on part of his hand, I didn't think there was really any question he should be removed from the game."

German was perfect through three innings with six strikeouts when he was first inspected by the umpires. The 30-year-old finished his outing with a career-high 11 strikeouts and gave up just three hits across 6 1/3 innings.

Following the Yankees' 6-1 win, Boone said German always has rosin on his hand before he leaves the dugout and goes out to the mound, according to The Athletic's Brendan Kuty.

German admitted the on-field conversation with the umpires was "intense," and he was concerned about getting ejected, according to's Bryan Hoch.

Baldelli's issue wasn't about whether German was using an illegal substance but rather that he was told by the umpires to wash the rosin off his hands in the third inning and should have been ejected when he failed to do so upon returning for the fourth inning, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

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