Yankees LHP Randy Johnson was ejected in the second inning of last night's game in Toronto after arguing with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth.

With Frank Menechino at the plate and the count 2-2, Johnson threw a pitch on the inside part of the plate. Johnson yelled at Culbreth, who popped out to the first base side of the plate and took off his mask. Culbreth yelled something at Johnson and pointed at the pitcher. Johnson yelled something back, and was ejected.

Yankees C John Flaherty got between Johnson and the umpire, and Yankees Manager Joe Torre came out to argue. Johnson flipped the ball onto the field before walking to the dugout.

Johnson allowed three runs and two hits in 12/3 innings in his shortest regular season start since 1993.

"I can assure you that nobody finds it exciting to come to the ballpark this time of year and have to eject Randy Johnson," said Culbreth, who added that he warned Johnson in the first inning after he questioned a pitch and got "pretty animated."

Johnson did not speak to reporters.

* OFFICERS DISCIPLINED: Police officers involved in the fatal pellet gun shooting of a Red Sox fan outside Fenway Park were suspended, demoted or reprimanded but will keep their jobs, Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole announced. The officers learned earlier this week they won't face criminal charges in the death Victoria Snelgrove, 21, last fall.

The city paid the Snelgroves a $5.1 million settlement in May. The family has filed a $10 million suit against the gun maker.

* RANGERS SET HR MARK: The Rangers set an AL record for home runs at home when Rod Barajas hit the team's 146th of the season. The previous record was set by the White Sox last year. The Rockies hold the major league mark of 149 in 1996.

* CANO ON A TEAR: Yankees rookie 2B Robinson Cano, who homered twice last night, is batting .469 (23 for 49) in September.

* SIZEMORE SIZZLES: Indians OF Grady Sizemore has joined Rangers 2B Alfonso Soriano and Phillies OF Bobby Abreu as the only big leaguers to reach 20 homers and 20 steals this season.

* FOULKE CUTS LOOSE: Red Sox closer Keith Foulke says he just wants to escape -- the city, not the team.

Foulke is recognized everywhere and he's not too crazy about that. Even when the fans are thanking him, there are constant reminders that he is 5-5 with 15 saves and a 6.18 ERA in a season in which he's also missed 50 games to have arthroscopic knee surgery.

"After a while you get tired of hearing everybody's opinion on what you're doing wrong," Foulke said. "I'm moving out of the city so I can be with myself a little more."

-- From News Services

Yankees catcher John Flaherty, center, watches as starting pitcher Randy Johnson yells at umpire Fieldin Culbreth.