The pitch plunked Brett Gardner in the right leg, perhaps in retaliation for his slide into second base on a double play on Monday night that wound up putting Carlos Guillen on the disabled list.
As Johnny Damon was widely quoted after the game: “If anyone over there thought it was a clean slide, then we have a different opinion on that. It’s part of baseball. But I thought the slide was dirty, and I’m sure a lot of those guys would agree.”
After Gardner was hit, the home plate umpire, Eric Cooper, warned both benches.
Then, in a tense eighth inning, Yankees reliever Chad Gaudin hit Miguel Cabrera [video], who had homered twice in the game.
Cooper, however, did not throw anyone out, and Tigers Manager Jim Leyland was ejected for arguing that Gaudin should have been tossed.
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