Leyland, Verlander tossed
Both ejected with two outs in bottom of fourth inning
CLEVELAND -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected from Saturday's game against the Indians for arguing with home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo in a strange scene that included a lengthy argument and an ejection of Justin Verlander from the dugout.
The twin tossings came in the bottom of the fourth inning after Detroit starter Chad Durbin struck out Travis Hafner swinging for the second out. Leyland and Randazzo got into an exchange that brought Leyland out from the visiting dugout at Jacobs Field. Randazzo issued his ejection a few seconds later, heating up the argument.
First-base umpire and crew chief Charlie Reliford eventually intervened to separate the two, then Reliford began having words with Leyland.
Verlander, who started here on Thursday night, was in the dugout. He was ejected by second-base umpire Greg Gibson, who had made his way toward first base.
"Obviously something was going on in the dugout, some back and forth with them," said Durbin. "I was out [on the mound] and watched the second-base umpire, Gibson, throw out Verlander from the dugout. That was what I saw, because I can't hear them."
Once Leyland made his way back into the dugout and realized that Verlander had been ejected, he emerged back out of the dugout to argue with Gibson.
Gibson ejected Gary Sheffield on Thursday for throwing his bat in a confrontation that led to a three-game suspension for Sheffield, who immediately appealed.
Leyland, Verlander and catcher Ivan Rodriguez -- who was next to Leyland during the initial discussion -- declined comment after the game. Durbin, who had struggled to locate the strike zone early on in the game, said he had to adjust his pitches early to where strikes were being called.
It marks the second ejection this season for Leyland, who was also ejected from an April 28 game against the Twins at Comerica Park.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.