Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks Tripped in the Ninth

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks Tripped in the Ninth

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DETROIT -- Joe Girardi's rip-roaring argument with plate umpire Bob Davidson nearly sparked the Yankees on Saturday night.

After shaky Detroit closer Jose Valverde walked Mark Teixeira to force home the tying run in the ninth, the Tigers rallied back in the bottom half.

Omir Santos' bases-loaded, sacrifice fly off Boone Logan lifted the Tigers to a 4-3 victory at Comerica Park.

Rookie David Phelps took the loss, having yielded one-out singles to Brennan Boesch and Jhonny Peralta to set up the Tigers at first and third.

Miguel Cabrera's second monstrous home run to center field - this one off reliever Cory Wade -- put the Tigers ahead, 3-2, in the eighth.

But the Yanks' rally was aided when Valverde hit two batters, including Alex Rodriguez, to load the bases with one out.

After Robinson Cano popped out, Valverde fell behind Teixeira at 3-and-0. After taking a strike, Teixeira fouled off two pitches before he drew the walk - drawing the ire of 44,593 fans.

Girardi had to watch it from the clubhouse after a cap-flying, red-faced tirade that led to his seventh-inning ejection. Hitting coach Kevin Long also was ejected by Davidson.

Long apparently made a comment about a called strike on the first pitch to Granderson, the fourth batter in the seventh. On Granderson's ensuing foul ball, Davidson appeared to stare down Long near the dugout.

"It shouldn't have happened," an angry Girardi said of the ejections and the umpires. "I believe it's their job to keep the peace and, to me, that's not what he [Davidson] did. What do you expect? It's an emotional game. We've got to have some leniency."

Girardi and catcher Russell Martin said they did not believe Davidson's quick trigger had anything to do with Martin's run-in with umpire Laz Diaz on Wednesday at Angels Stadium.

"I didn't know what happened [this time]," Martin said. "I wasn't sure what it was for . …

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