Girardi ejected after arguing fair-foul call in fifth inning
DETROIT – Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected from Thursday’s game against the Tigers for arguing Andy Dirks’ run-scoring double in the fifth inning.
Dirks connected for a ball down the left field line that third base umpire Tim Welke initially put his arms up for, signaling a foul ball, and then reversed his call to signal a fair ball.
Replays showed that the ball kicked up chalk on the left field line, a fair ball, but the delayed call may have influenced Yankees left fielder Raul Ibanez, who had the ball kick past him.
The play allowed Quintin Berry to score, giving Detroit a 3-2 lead against starter Hiroki Kuroda. Girardi vehemently argued the call with Welke and crew chief Bob Davidson, tossing his cap across the infield and mimicking Welke’s initial call as he left the field, pointing to foul territory and then fair territory as the Comerica Park crowd roared.
It was Girardi’s third ejection of the season, having been tossed previously by Joe West and Davidson. All four of the Bombers’ coaching ejections this season have come against the Tigers.
Bench coach Tony Pena replaced Girardi as the Yankees’ acting manager.