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TORONTO -- The Tigers have had more than their share of struggles at the plate on their current road trip. On Sunday, their manager apparently took issue with the strike zone against them, too.

Brad Ausmus picked up his third ejection of the season, this time without taking a step out of the dugout.

The Tigers roughed up Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle for three runs in the first inning and another on J.D. Martinez's double in the third, but Buehrle regrouped to get back-to-back called third strikes on Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila and end the threat.

Ausmus, who has had his share of exchanges with umpires from the dugout regarding the strike zone this season, said something that home-plate umpire Bill Miller apparently believed crossed the line. Thus, as the Tigers were coming off the field, Miller tossed Ausmus, who trotted out to the field and continued the exchange face to face.

"To me, the strike zone was excessive on the outside and inside corner for Buehrle," Ausmus said. "There [were] a number of them that I just felt were too extreme to go unnoticed."

Miguel Cabrera also exchanged words with Miller on his way out to first base for the bottom of the third, but soon walked away. Cabrera disagreed with a strike call in his at-bat on the first pitch of the inning, a pitch that was close enough for him to turn away, but was called a strike.

Bench coach Gene Lamont took over managerial duties.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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