Leyland ejected from game against Twins
MINNEAPOLIS — Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Twins after an unusual seventh-inning scene in which home-plate umpire Paul Schrieber put his arm around Magglio Ordonez to try to end an argument.
Miguel Cabrera’s three-run homer had just given the Tigers an 8-7 lead before reliever Matt Guerrier struck out Ordonez, who disputed the called third strike. Schrieber put his left hand on Ordonez’s back to try to guide him away from the plate and back to the Tigers dugout, but Ordonez — who did not initiate contact with Schrieber — immediately took offense, and the argument heated up.
After the two exchanged words, Leyland burst out from the dugout and got between the two. Instead of diffusing the situation, however, Leyland picked up the protest and had some pointed words to Schrieber, who eventually ejected him. It marked Leyland’s first ejection this season.
Leyland continued to vent after the ejection, walking up and down the dugout and yelling back to Schrieber before finally climbing the steps to the visiting clubhouse at the Metrodome.
Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon took over as manager for the game.
Ordonez was not available for comment after the game. Leyland, meanwhile, bristled when asked if he had any comment on it.
“Did you see what happened? OK, then you write what you saw,” Leyland said angrily. “I don’t have to say a word. You write what you saw. And I hope you all got the guts to write what you saw.
“I don’t need to say anything. Write what you saw. I don’t need to say a word. If you watched the … game, then write what you saw.”