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Rare spring ejection shocks Yanks' Stewart

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees catcher Chris Stewart was on the receiving end of some good-natured ribbing in the clubhouse on Thursday after he was thrown out in a rare Spring Training ejection.

Stewart was called out by first-base umpire Marty Foster in the second inning of New York's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays. Replays showed that Stewart beat shortstop Jose Reyes' one-hop throw to first base.

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After the play, Stewart threw his arms up and pointed twice at Foster, earning the ejection.

"I was shocked," Stewart said. "In the regular season, I'm probably going back and probably figuring out what the whole situation was. In the moment, I hesitated and I thought better of it. I came in the dugout. It wasn't worth it."

Stewart said that he never cursed and thought he only pointed once at Foster, but if he pointed a second time after Foster warned him -- as he did -- then Stewart acknowledged he would've deserved the ejection.

"Everybody's asking me, 'Who gets thrown out in a Spring Training game?'" Stewart said. "Well, it's this guy right now. ... I don't want to be in here after the second inning. I want to be out there on the field seeing pitches, catching my pitchers, getting a feel for them."

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