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More trouble with umpires

Well, maybe not collectively, just with Gary Darling's crew, a crew that the Yankees had issues with in Toronto in early June. For the second straight game, a Yankee was ejected and seemed perplexed as to why.

“Scratching my head,” Joe Girardi said today. “And that’s all I’m going to say.”

Girardi was thrown out Tuesday by first base umpire Paul Emmel and was confused as to why, saying he'd been thrown out nine times in his career and feeling as if he earned those ejections eight times. Tuesday was the exception.

Today, Emmel threw out Brett Gardner after Gardner took issue with a called second strike. It was Gardner's first ejection at any level he said.

“I don’t know if I did [deserve it] or not,” Gardner said. “Obviously I guess so but it’s not for me to figure out. That was for the home plate umpire to figure out, and I guess he thought I deserved it.”

Derek Jeter, in the on-deck circle, had a look of something close to shock on his face when Emmel tossed Gardner.

Asked if he was surprised to see Gardner thrown out, Jeter simply said: “Yep.”

“I was surprised for him, Gardy really doesn’t say too much,” Jeter said later. “I think he said the pitch was inside and he got thrown out and so…”

Jeter trailed off, not surprising as players and managers have nothing to gain by publicly criticizing umpires.

"I'd rather not talk about it, it's over and done with," Gardner said.

*** Javier Vazquez, though earning his eighth victory -- and 150th of his career -- was disappointed in giving back most of the 6-0 lead he was given after the fourth inning.

"I didn’t feel I had great stuff out there today,” Vazquez said. “I located well early but I didn’t locate well in the game later on.”

He sailed through the first four innings -- he was at just 26 pitches through three innings – but things came apart in the fifth and sixth innings. Bobby Wilson’s two-run homer was the big blow in the Angels’ three-run fifth and Hideki Matsui’s second two-run homer in as many days cut the Yankees’ lead to 6-5 in the sixth.

“I wish I would have done a better job out there of not letting them get so tight in the game,” Vazquez said.

*** A lot of the coverage tomorrow will revolve around Colin Curtis and why not? The 25-year-old, who collected his first major league hit in Arizona a few weeks back -- close to Arizona State where he attended college -- had a memorable first major league homer in the seventh inning, a three-run shot that put the game away. He seemed a little reluctant to take his curtain call and almost sheepishly came out of the dugout to acknowledge the fans. 

"The thrill of a lifetime," he called it.  

And with that, we'll next talk to you from Cleveland. But keep stopping back here as there will be plenty over coverage of the four-game series with the Royals, which starts tomorrow.

 

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