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Sale hits Cabrera, who's given the boot

9/10/2013

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale probably wasn’t shedding any tears after Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was ejected in the first inning Monday.

Sale threw a pitch that appeared to hit Cabrera on the back foot, but home plate umpire Brian Gorman didn’t award him a base. After fouling off the next pitch, Cabrera appeared to say something that was met with a quick ejection from Gorman.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out to argue, and he was also ejected. It was the second time this season and fifth time in his career that Cabrera was tossed from a game. For Leyland, it was his fourth ejection this season and 72nd of his career.

Cabrera has a .222 batting average against Sale in 18 at-bats, but he still has been productive, with a .417 on-base percentage thanks to six walks and a .556 slugging percentage. Sale has been solid against the Tigers this season with a 2-1 record and a 2.66 ERA in three starts.