Tag:Armando Galarraga
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: August 16, 2010 12:59 pm

Leyland happy with Tigers' fight

Armando Galarraga Armando Galarraga was the guy that was able to keep his cool as history was ripped away from him in one of baseball's all-time worst calls. On Sunday, he wasn't quite so reserved, getting into a dugout scrap with both of the team's catchers in the second inning.

Manager Jim Leyland had no concerns about his starter getting into it with Alex Avila and Gerald Laird.

"I kind of liked it," Leyland told the Detroit News . "When you're a pitcher and a catcher, every now and then you get your signals crossed."

The three players pretty much said the same thing, despite Laird nearly throwing a punch before teammates separated him and Galarraga. The spat started with Galarraga and Avila arguing and then Laird jumping into the fray.

"Just a misunderstanding," Galarraga said.

Said Avila. "We're both competing and things got a little heated. There were a few things in there, and not soley that [there were disagreements on pitches called]. It was a big deal at the moment, but it just got a little out of hand for a moment. It was just a heated conversation. It was probably a little out of character for both of us."

Laird said he was just standing up for the younger Avila.

"Alex being young, I didn't think it was right [for Galarraga] to jump on him," Laird said. "Galarraga was just int he heat of the moment and just kind of got carried away."

He also added: "We've got a bunch of athletes here who are competing. This might be the spark to get us going."

Galarraga was able to keep his cool on the mound until the fifth inning, giving up three runs and the Tigers' lead. But the Tigers were able to come back against the White Sox's bullpen and beat Chicago 13-8.

The Tigers are 10 1/2 games behind the Twins in the American League Central and 14 games out of the wild card, so any chances of this being the "spark" that leads to the playoffs are remote.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 10:18 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm

Years of the pitcher

Matt Garza The no-hitter Monday night by the Rays' Matt Garza was the fifth in the majors this season, joining perfect games by Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay and no-hitters by Edwin Jackson and Ubaldo Jimenez. At total of eight pitchers have taken a no-hitter into the ninth inning.

Of course, the elephant in the room remains the perfect game that wasn't, thrown by the Tigers' Armando Galarraga but erased by a bad call on the final play on June 2.

But officially it's five in 2010, one shy of the most thrown in a season in the modern era (there were eight in 1884). And we still have more than two months remaining in the season. Here are the top seasons for no-hitters:

SIX NO-HITTERS -- 1908, 1915, 1969, 1990

FIVE NO-HITTERS -- 1962, 1968, 1973, 1991, 2010

Also of note, Garza's was the first no-hitter thrown by the Rays (who had been on the other end of two this season and four since 2002). That leaves only two franchises without a no-hitter, the Mets and Padres.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 27, 2010 3:17 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:49 am

Another ump admits he blew call vs. Tigers

Jim Leyland In what is becoming a trend, an umpire admitted to Tigers manager Jim Leyland that he missed a call.

Earlier this year it cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game, Saturday it may have cost the Tigers a victory. Leyland called Gary Cederstrom following Saturday's game-ending called third strike on a full count with bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

Replays showed Peter Moylan's pitch to Johnny Damon was well wide of the strike zone.

Leyland talked to reporters before Sunday's game with the Braves and according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News said: "You can't complain about yesterday's breakfast. But I called him after the game and I just said, 'I hope you take a look at the pitch.' He said, 'Well, I kicked it.' I knew that when it happened but watching the replay on television, it was brutal. It's not acceptable, especially in that situation. It's just not acceptable."

Following Saturday's game, Cederstrom told a pool reporter from the Detroit Free Press that he knew he missed the call immediately.

"It was a sweeping pitch, going away from Damon," Cederstrom said. "It looked good coming in, then broke late."

The umpire added: "My timing was fast. Whenever you have fast timing as an umpire, you usually get in trouble."

UPDATE: Leyland was ejected in the fourth inning of Sunday's game for arguing a call at first base. Umpire Fieldin Culbreth called out Justin Verlander at first to complete a double play and Leyland went out to argue the call and was ejected. Cederstrom was at third base and stepped between Leyland and Culbreth before walking back to the dugout with Leyland and Leyland seemed to be giving Cederstrom a piece of his mind, as well.

Replays seemed to show that, once again, the umpires missed a call against the Tigers -- atlhtough, of the three, this one was the closest.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 9:14 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:23 am

Obama: Selig right in not overturning call

Commissioner Bud Selig has taken a lot of heat in the past week, but perhaps he can take comfort in having the support of the leader of the free world.

President Obama said in an interview today that Selig did the right thing when he decided not to overturn the call that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. Obama said baseball should look at instant replay.

The president also commended the display of sportsmanship by umpire Jim Joyce, who admitted and apologized for his mistake.

"I thought that showed something about sportsmanship that you don't see enough of in America today," Obama told Matt Lauer on "The Today Show".

Details and clip here .

-- David Andriesen, CBSSports.com

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