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Orioles manager Brandon Hyde ejected from home opener after arguing hit-by-pitch ruling

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, like the rest of his club, waited a long time to be back in front of fans at Camden Yards the way they were in Thursday’s home opener.

He just didn’t get a chance to enjoy it the way everyone else did.

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Hyde was ejected in the fourth inning after third baseman Rio Ruiz was hit on the elbow by a pitch from Boston Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez but wasn’t granted first base after third base umpire Scott Barry ruled that Ruiz did not check his swing.

After that ruling, with Ruiz getting attention from head athletic trainer Brian Ebel, Hyde came out to object and removed his hat and mask to argue with the umpires.

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Home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak made the ejection, which was Hyde’s fifth of his career.

“I thought Rio checked his swing, the ball hit him, and then his body kind of because of the hit-by-pitch kind of took him over the plate like a swing,” Hyde said. “I saw Jeremie ask Scott, I saw Scott say a swing, so one, I went out for the player — I went out first because Rio was hurt to make sure he was OK and while I’m walking out there Scott said that he swung. I was just asking Scott, ‘How do you see that as a swing?’ According to Jeremie, I asked one too many times.”

Hyde said it was the quickest ejection of his life, and first baseman Trey Mancini said he’d never seen Hyde so worked up in their two-plus years together.

“That was awesome,” Mancini said. “He came out there firing. We love Hyder. Whenever you have a manager back you up like that in that situation, it means a lot to the guys. It always fires you up when something like that happens.”

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Bench coach Fredi González took over and later removed starting pitcher Matt Harvey with runners on first and second in the top of the sixth inning with the Orioles leading 3-2. Left-hander Paul Fry allowed both runners to score after a single in front of left fielder Ryan Mountcastle.

It came in the same inning that catcher Pedro Severino’s first home run of the season gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead. Mountcastle’s first home run of the season came in the first inning and erased a 2-0 deficit Boston handed Baltimore with a two-run home run off Harvey earlier that frame.

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