Irked by calls, Leyland tossed after fourth

Irked by calls, Leyland tossed after fourth

ARLINGTON -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected after the fourth inning of Wednesday's 11-7 loss to Texas at Rangers Ballpark.

Leyland didn't comment about the ejection after the game.

Tigers catcher Gerald Laird said that Leyland was frustrated about several calls over the past two nights.

Leyland pointed to the right-field foul pole several times while arguing with crew chief Jerry Layne after being ejected. The Rangers' David Murphy was awarded a home run in Tuesday's 11-4 loss even though video replays appeared to indicate that the ball went foul. Layne went for a video review and came back out and said there was nothing conclusive in the replays to overturn the call.

The Tigers were also upset about a few other calls, notably when Ian Kinsler appeared to take strike three and start to walk toward the dugout during Tuesday's game. The pitch was called a ball, Kinsler remained at the plate and the Rangers produced a big inning.

Leyland also appeared to be upset with a check-swing call in favor of Rangers third baseman Michael Young in the fourth inning on Wednesday. Young ended up with a sacrifice fly and Murphy followed with a three-run home run as the Rangers took an 8-2 lead.

"We didn't play our best baseball in this series and he got frustrated with some of the calls," Laird said. "He's going to back his team up. We have all the respect in the world for him. He felt like he needed to take a stand. That got us going and we battled back." The Tigers did pull within 9-7 in the seventh before Kinsler belted a two-run home run for an 11-7 lead.