NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi showed off some athleticism in hurdling the railing in front of the Yankees' dugout, and then he got his money's worth with home-plate umpire Joe West.
West ejected Girardi for barking about balls and strikes in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 7-6 victory over the Tigers on Friday, with the tipping point appearing to be a called third strike on catcher Russell Martin.
"I wasn't real pleased with the zone," Girardi said, repeating for effect, "I wasn't real pleased with the zone."
West appeared to laugh or chuckle at Girardi after the skipper dashed out of the dugout, which incensed the fifth-year Yankees manager even more. Girardi chose his words carefully in a postgame news conference.
"I didn't care for the way it went," Girardi said. "These games are very serious to us. Every game is very serious to us. That's how I approach it. We've seen too many times where one game has cost a team a playoff spot. You never take anything for granted."
Right-hander Ivan Nova also spoke about issues with West's strike zone.
"He wasn't right all the time," Nova said. "Sometimes you throw a pitch that you think is a strike, like the ones that I threw low. For me, it was a strike. He didn't give it to me, so I tried to throw it higher. That's when I got in trouble."
The ejection was the 18th of Girardi's career, and his 13th as the Yankees' manager. It was also the Bombers' first ejection of the season.