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Leyland: Tension with umps up

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jim Leyland is feeling more friction between umpires and teams. A day after the Tigers manager was among three ejections during a loss to the Angels, he said something must be done to improve relations between the sides.

"You can feel (the tension)," Leyland said before Wednesday's game. "That's just not a good situation. That usually causes blowups."

Leyland was ejected before the seventh during a prolonged argument with Joe West. It was Leyland's second ejection in nine days. Tigers ace Justin Verlander and Angels DH Bobby Abreu also were tossed.

Leyland, in his 20th season as a manager, said Joe Torre has been working on the issue in his new role as MLB executive vice president.

But he added players and managers must do their part.

"I'm not criticizing anybody," Leyland said. "I'm making the point that we all need to work together to resolve this situation because it's getting out of hand."

Clemens trial: Jury selection began for Roger Clemens' perjury trial in Washington and is expected to last until next week. Clemens is accused of lying under oath to the House Government Reform Committee in 2008 when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs during his pitching career. Also, a lawyer for the U.S. House said an audio recording of Clemens' deposition, during which 10 of the 15 counts were allegedly committed, can be made available only by a House resolution. The House previously released a transcript. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said the absence of the recording could jeopardize Clemens' right to a fair trial but he lacked the authority to order its release.

Lester to DL: Boston put LHP Jon Lester on the DL with a strained back muscle. He left Tuesday's start after four innings but hopes to miss just one start.

Webb setback: Rangers RHP Brandon Webb likely won't pitch this year after experiencing more pain in his surgically repaired right rotator cuff. The 2006 Cy Young winner for Arizona, who missed all of 2010 and signed one-year, $3 million deal this past offseason, might need more surgery.

Brewers: LF Ryan Braun missed his fourth game because of a sore left calf and had an MRI exam. Results weren't disclosed.

Indians: SS Asdrubal Cabrera started a day after leaving a game early with a sprained right ankle sustained while making a leaping throw. Also, 1B and ex-Gator star Matt LaPorta was activated after missing 16 games with a sprained right ankle.

Phillies: 3B Placido Polanco missed his second game because of a sore back but said he still expects to play in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Tigers: RF Brennan Boesch sat a day after fouling a pitch off his right knee. He is day to day.

Twins: Manager Ron Gardenhire said he plans to give Joe Mauer his first career start at first base today. With Justin Morneau out for neck surgery, the Twins hope to keep the 2009 MVP in the lineup when he needs a break from catching.

Leyland: Tension with umps up 07/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:59pm]
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