September 9th, 2013
For the second time this season, Miguel Cabrera was ejected in the middle of an at-bat, tossed three pitches into his first at-bat after arguing he was hit by a pitch that was called a swinging strike.
Manager Jim Leyland was ejected soon afterward for disputing the ejection with plate umpire Brian Gorman.
Cabrera, batting with two outs in the opening inning, took a called first strike from White Sox starter Chris Sale before trying to check his swing on a slider that drove down and in on him. Replay showed the ball hit him on his right knee, but Gorman said Cabrera went around on his swing. Cabrera was seemingly upset Gorman didn’t check with first-base umpire Tony Randazzo on the checked swing.
Cabrera fouled off the 0-2 pitch, then apparently said something as he stepped out of the batter’s box. Gorman promptly ejected him, much to Cabrera’s surprise.
“Oh, come on,” Cabrera could be seen telling Gorman on replay.
It was somewhat similar to a July 28 ejection Cabrera received from plate umpire Chad Fairchild, who ejected Cabrera for his reaction to a called strike with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning. In that case, too, Cabrera saw another pitch before being ejected for saying something about the previous one. In neither case did Cabrera make a physical gesture.
Fairchild said at the time that he warned Cabrera not to say anything more, and promptly ejected him when he did.
Monday marked the fifth ejection in Cabrera’s career. Leyland’s ensuing ejection was his fourth this season and the 72nd of his career.
Nick Castellanos gets the start again in left field, this time batting sixth. It’s an interesting decision when you consider that Matt Tuiasosopo has hit Chris Sale a bit this year (4-for-11 with a home run, including two ground-ball singles in their last meeting August 12), but it’s a good test for Castellanos against a power lefty.
Somebody mentioned that Cabrera wasn’t in a lineup that was previously posted somewhere, but I didn’t see it. When the clubhouse opened, the lineup that was posted had Cabrera in it.
TIGERS (career numbers against Chris Sale)
- Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-23, 2 walks, 9 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (4-for-12, HR, 2 K’s)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (4-for-18, 2 HR, 6 walks, 4 K’s)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (4-for-19, walk, 6 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (9-for-16, walk, 2 K’s)
- Nick Castellanos, LF
- Omar Infante, 2B (1-for-7)
- Brayan Pena, C (2-for-18, 5 K’s)
- Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-3)
P: Max Scherzer
WHITE SOX (career numbers against Scherzer)
- Alejandro De Aza, CF (6-for-26, HR, 2 walks, 9 K’s)
- Gordon Beckham, 2B (5-for-28, 3 walks, 8 K’s)
- Alexei Ramirez, SS (4-for-37, 5 walks, 3 K’s)
- Adam Dunn, DH (8-for-30, 2 HR, 4 walks, 14 K’s)
- Paul Konerko, 1B (8-for-37, 2 HR, 2 walks, 16 K’s)
- Conor Gillaspie, 3B (2-for-6, HR, K)
- Dayan Viciedo, LF (5-for-17, 2 HR, walk, 7 K’s)
- Jordan Danks, RF (1-for-3, K)
- Josh Phegley, C (1-for-7)
P: Chris Sale