Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland was given the afternoon off to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, as the veteran manager was promptly ejected by first base umpire Tim Welke in the third inning for arguing a close call.
Leyland's ejection came while third base coach Gene Lamont was also getting booted from the game for arguing balls and strikes on a blundered strike call while the Tigers were at bat. Lamont was sent to the showers by third base umpire Tim Tschida.
The Tigers were originally upset with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson after he appealed to Bill Welke on a Mike Aviles swing-and-miss play in the second inning. Welke ruled that the ball hit the dirt after a foul-tip. Instead of a frame-ending strikeout, Aviles was granted another chance at the plate and proceeded to single to center, which coincidentally set the tone for a three-run Boston inning that broke the game open.
Detroit righty Doug Fister started the game for the Tigers, but struggled after being robbed of a clean inning by Nelson in the second. Fister went just 5.0 innings and gave up season-highs in both hits (11) and earned runs (6). His 2012 ERA climbed all the way from 1.84 to 3.15 from Monday's outing alone.
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