The fourth-inning call came after Justin Verlander hit a ground ball to short with the bases loaded and nobody out. Atlanta shortstop Yunel Escobar got the forceout on the lead runner when he fired home to catcher Brian McCann, who threw to first to retire Verlander.
Verlander expressed his disagreement with first-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth but didn't continue the argument. Leyland, likely hoping to keep his ace from getting tossed, jogged out to pick up the case with Culbreth, who listened for a short while before giving the ejection.
Leyland continued the argument until Gary Cederstrom, the crew chief, came over from third base. Leyland then turned his attention to Cederstrom, following him back across the infield in a heated debate the entire way before heading into the dugout.
Earlier in the day, Leyland clearly had some lingering frustration toward Cederstrom stemming from Saturday's game, when a called third strike on Johnny Damon with two outs in the ninth inning turned what would have otherwise been a game-tying walk into a game-ending strikeout. Replays showed the pitch to be outside, and Cederstrom admitted to a pool reporter later that the replay "didn't look good."
Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon took over as manager in the finale against the Braves.