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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Benches clear, ejections abound after Putkonen throws behind Chicago's Ramirez


DETROIT — The Tigers already lost one pitcher to a bean-ball suspension Thursday. Now they might lose another.

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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2 Comments:

Blogger Boxfire Photography said...

No one had a shot of skip yesterday?

July 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM 
Blogger Matthew B. Mowery said...

Not at the time I posted this (midgame). There were several shots later, but I didn't want to change this one, since I'd already linked it out so many places.

July 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM 

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