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Maddon ejected, Kazmir upset at umpire



Rays starter Scott Kazmir had several issues with home plate umpire Derryl Cousins after Wednesday's game, questioning not only some of the calls but accusing the veteran umpire of making "makeup calls" during some key at-bats.
The game turned when Cousins called a close pitch ball four on Reggie Willits in the seventh inning Wednesday and Maicer Izturis followed with a two-run single that put the Angels ahead 3-2.
   "That was unbelievable, I'd never seen anything like that before,'' Kazmir said. "I never said anything like this about an umpire before but that was just a crucial part of the game and you just don't do that. Makeup calls or not makeup calls - call it when it's there, you know what I mean? You shouldn't change your strike zone because of the count. It doesn't make sense.''

That was after Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected from Wednesday's game after arguing with home plate umpire Derryl Cousins. Maddon had gone to the mound to remove Scott Kazmir, who had just given up the lead after throwing his 117th pitch of the day, and began jawing at Cousins. Based on Kazmir's reaction, he obviously felt Cousins didn't give him a couple of close calls, including a walk to Reggie Willits in advance of Macier Izturis' two-run single.
It was Maddon's eighth ejection as manager of the Rays; fourth against his former Angels team.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:35am]


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