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Yankees manager Joe Girardi argues with third base

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi argues with third base umpire Tim Welke as second base umpire Bob Davidson, left, blocks the way during a disputed call in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (August 9, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

DETROIT -- Lost a bit in Joe Girardi's arm-waving, hat-tossing, umpire-mocking tirade that honored the memories of Earl Weaver and Billy Martin was an indisputable fact:

Third-base umpire Tim Welke got the call right.

But only after getting it wrong milliseconds earlier, which was the problem.

The confusion spawned by the conflicting signals was the focus of the fevered and entertaining...

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