Mark Parent tossed before game
CHICAGO – Chicago White Sox bench coach Mark Parent didn't even make it to the first pitch Sunday, as he was ejected during the pregame lineup exchange at home plate.
Parent was tossed by crew chief Jerry Layne, his second ejection this season and the third of his coaching career.
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No reason was given for the ejection, but manager Robin Ventura said afterward that the dispute went back to an unspecified incident from Saturday's game.
The most questionable call in Saturday's contest between the White Sox and Texas Rangers came in the fourth inning. Alexei Ramirez slid well ahead of the throw, but home-plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt ruled that Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski blocked Ramirez's foot from touching the plate.
The White Sox also had a pair of run-ins with umpires in Friday night's game.
Ventura was ejected by then-third-base umpire Greg Gibson after a ball that was trapped under some padding was ruled in play. The Rangers' Ian Kinsler took advantage by racing around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
Also in Friday's game, White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale barked at Layne multiple times after not getting some close calls on pitches. Sale said afterward that he regretted his actions and called Layne "one of the good ones."