The cardinal sin in baseball is arguing balls and strikes with a home plate umpire. It's almost a sure ticket to an early exit from the game and a shower before everyone else steals all the hot water.
On Sunday, Elvis Andrus learned that in the fourth inning, as he became the first major leaguer to be ejected from a game this season for doing what everyone knows they can't do.
Prior to his ejection, Andrus was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts — the last of which drew a wrong word from Andrus and an early exit. With his 0-for-2 outing, Andrus saw his season-long hit streak come to an end without the luxury of a full slate of at-bats.
The streak had reached 11 games on Saturday when Andrus went 2-for-3 with two walks and scored two runs in the Rangers' loss to Houston. The 0-for saw his batting average drop from .311 to .298.
Josh Wilson, who started Sunday's game at second base, moved to shortstop after Andrus left the game and made several quality plays in the field.