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Chisox manager, ace fume after ejections

CLEVELAND — Ozzie Guillen wasn't on the field long enough to tell umpire Joe West how he felt about his balk calls against Mark Buehrle.

The White Sox manager did so afterward.

The fiery Guillen unloaded on West after Chicago's 5-4 win over the Indians on Wednesday, a game that included the ejections of both Guillen and Buehrle for protesting two balks in the first three innings.

"Joe has been like that for a lot of years, and he's always going to be like this," Guillen said in an expletive-filled rant. "I'm not going to change it, nobody is going to change it, but sometimes he thinks people pay to watch him umpire. … I deserve respect and the players deserve respect here, too."

Buehrle didn't make it out of the third, one inning longer than Guillen lasted. Guillen said he was more upset with West's treatment of Buehrle than his balk ruling.

"I went out to ask him why he's embarrassing Buehrle and he give me one of this," Guillen said, waving his hand dismissively.

West said Guillen never mentioned anything about showing up Buehrle. "He didn't say that to me," West said. "I don't know what he's talking about."

In the third, Buehrle was called for a second balk. This time, he flipped his glove off and was immediately ejected.

Buehrle tried to get at West and had to be restrained.

"Once I got tossed I wanted to go say a few words and try to get my money's worth and just kind of find out what did I do wrong to balk?" Buehrle said. "I think he's too worried about promoting his CD (West is a country music singer and songwriter) and I think he likes seeing his name in the papers a little bit too much instead of worrying about the rules."

RANGERS SALE: A judge approved a multimillion-dollar Major League Baseball loan to keep the Rangers afloat during bankruptcy proceedings, raising hopes that the team's stalled $575 million sale may happen this summer.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge D. Michael Lynn set a mid-June hearing on the plan to pay the $75 million of debt tied up in owner Tom Hicks' financially strapped ownership group. That would remove the team from the additional claims by creditors against Hicks Sports Group, which is not part of the bankruptcy filing.

A'S: OF Coco Crisp went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained chest muscle, five days after he came off the DL.

GIANTS: The team plans to retire the No. 20 jersey worn by Hall of Famer Monte Irvin in a June 26 ceremony. The Citrus County resident became the first black player in club history when he signed on July 8, 1949.

REDS: SS Paul Janish went on the bereavement list so he could attend his grandmother's funeral near Houston. INF Drew Sutton was called up from Triple-A Louisville.

ROYALS: SS Yuniesky Betancourt sat out after sustaining a mild concussion in a home plate collision a day earlier.

YANKEES: Former Rays RHP Chad Gaudin, released by the A's last week, agreed to terms. New York released Gaudin in spring training.

Chisox manager, ace fume after ejections 05/26/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:56am]

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