Roger Clemens got tossed for a spitter.
Ejected from a youth league game after his 10-year-old son was called out in a close play, Clemens was banished to the parking lot after an umpire said the Rocket spit a sunflower seed at him.
It happened Saturday in rural Craig, Colo., during a 10-and-under Triple Crown Sports tournament. The future Hall of Famer was away from the Houston Astros, as his team allows him to be when he's not pitching.
"It wasn't like he was shouting or came storming on the field," Ron Stapp, whose son made the phantom tag on Kacy Clemens on a steal attempt, said yesterday.
Even so, the umpire said the seed hit his pants cuff and Clemens wound up watching the rest of game from his car as the Katy (Texas) Cowboys lost to the Bakersfield (Calif.) Curve, 11-5.
"Roger told me he was signing autographs when the disputed call happened and didn't even see the play," said one of his agents, Randy Hendricks. "In his mind, it's a nonevent."
"Roger never said a word," Katy manager Doug Hanson said. "He was holding his camcorder and never stood up. He didn't do anything wrong."
Hanson said the umpire, whom he described as being about 20 years old, walked over toward the bench and ejected Clemens, claiming the Astros ace spit a seed toward him.
Blue Jays 6, Indians 1 -- Ted Lilly (8-7) won for the first time since June 28 and Vernon Wells homered before leaving with a calf injury in Toronto's home win. Wells is day to day with a bruise.