Benches clear, ejections abound after Putkonen throws behind Chicago's Ramirez
As well as a manager.
Luke Putkonen was ejected after throwing behind the White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez, who took several steps toward the mound before being restrained by catcher Brayan Pena. Both benches cleared, as did both bullpens. No punches were thrown.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland was irate with the umpiring crew, headed by crew chief Jeff Kellogg, taking three trips out to the field to express his opinion vehemently before he was finally appeared to be ejected.
Earlier in the day, Rick Porcello, who’d been suspended six games by Major League Baseball for plunking Tampa’s Ben Zobrist on June 30, dropped his appeal.
The fracas started after Putkonen replaced starter Anibal Sanchez, following a sixth-inning grand slam by Joshua Phegley.
Putkonen's throw behind Ramirez may have been in retaliation for Chicago starter Chris Sale throwing up and in on Prince Fielder a half inning earlier, after Miguel Cabrera homered.
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