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Girardi clashes with ump but eludes ejection

Girardi clashes with ump but eludes ejection

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Girardi clashes with ump but eludes ejection
DETROIT -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi clashed with home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo in the third inning of New York's 7-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday, displeased with the strike zone Randazzo was calling for starting pitchers Justin Verlander and Ivan Nova.

"I didn't care for some of the strikes early in the game, and we were talking back and forth and he looked at me and stared at me," Girardi said. "I don't get it. When the inning's over, walk the other way. It's pretty simple."

Asked if he was surprised that Randazzo allowed Girardi to stay in the game despite what seemed to be a heated exchange, Girardi replied, "I don't know. Maybe. I don't know. I don't think I really said anything that wrong."

Yankees catcher Russell Martin -- who has had his own issues with umpires this year -- declined to criticize Randazzo's zone.

"It looked like it was a bit generous, but he was pretty consistent on both sides," Martin said. "Verlander just seemed like he was hitting those spots more than we were."

Girardi said that Randazzo walked down the first-base line after the top of the third inning and stared into the Yankees dugout. Bench coach Tony Pena moved to hold Girardi back, but Girardi broke free.

"I threw Tony off me pretty easy," Girardi said. "If I want to go, Tony's not going to hold me back."

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