Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit
By STEVE KORNACKI  |  Last updated 7/28/13
DETROIT Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was ejected Sunday afternoon for questioning consecutive called strikes from home plate umpire Chad Fairchild, who then also quickly tossed Tigers manager Jim Leyland for his spirited protest. Theres some bad blood between the Tigers and Fairchild, who on July 11 also ejected Leyland after tossing Detroit reliever Luke Putkonen for throwing a pitch behind Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Those are Leylands lone ejections this season. After taking a second close called strike with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning, Cabrera looked away from Fairchild and appeared to mutter, Thats (blanking) horrible, bro. He used one of the magic words that will get players thrown out, but Cabrera did not get angry or demonstrative. He did nothing to show up Fairchild with theatrics. Tigers radio play-by-play announcer Dan Dickerson noted, Just dont show him up, in defense of Cabrera. And Jim Price, the former Tigers catcher and radio analyst added, Youve got to be kidding me! Price noted that both pitches from right-hander Jonathan Pettibone were framed by catcher Carlos Ruiz. Regardless of whether the pitches were balls or strikes, Cabrera, the major league RBI leader with 99 and defending Triple Crown winner and American League MVP, was gone. Cabrera had three RBIs Friday night in his first game back after missing four with a hip flexor and abdominal strain, but wouldnt reach 100 RBIs for the 10th consecutive season in this game. It was Cabreras first ejection since arguing balls and strikes with umpire Tim Timmons on Sept. 8, 2012. Leyland wasnt sure if Cabrera would start Sunday after removing him during Saturday nights 10-0 rout of the Phillies as a precautionary move. Cabrera did favor the hip while running to third base in the second inning before scoring, but stayed in until the fifth inning. Tigers cleanup hitter Prince Fielder convinced Cabrera to walk to the dugout to avoid further confrontation with Fairchild, while Leyland sprinted out to argue. Leyland had heated words with Fairchild and crew chief Jeff Kellogg, pointing repeatedly at him after getting the heave-ho. Matt Tuiasosopo replaced Cabrera in the at-bat. He took two balls to even the count at 2-2 before taking a called third strike, and leaned back before walking away. The at-bat and strikeout were credited to Cabrera, who had walked in the first inning. Tigers fans in the sell-out crowd of 41,326 at Comerica Park booed loudly, and booed again when Fielder popped out foul to third base to end the threat.
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