Found June 08, 2013 on Fox Sports Ohio:
DETROIT -- The Cleveland Indians might add one more piece of evidence to the oft-repeated claim this season that Major League umpires are acting unprofessional by provoking players and managers.Terry Francona was ejected from his teams 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Saturday, but Francona said he never intended to confront home plate umpire Andy Fletcher, or get thrown out. He just wanted to ensure a discussion between Fletcher and Nick Swisher did not get out of control.The way Andy approached me I thought he lost his composure and I dont think I had any chance of staying in that game, Francona said. Spit coming out of his mouth and the gesturing and everything. I didnt go out there to get thrown out. I just wanted to make sure nothing was going on.Francona went out to protect Swisher when he saw a conversation between Swisher and Fletcher between the top and bottom of the eighth start to get heated.Swish and he were talking along the first-base line, Francona said. It looked to me like...
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