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Twins manager Ron Gardenhire ejected

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire ejected
Ron Gardenhire finished the Tigers series tied with Detroit manager Jim Leyland, one ejection apiece.

Gardenhire was tossed on Thursday in the seventh inning, when Michael Cuddyer felt a Zach Miner fastball graze his sleeve as he tried to duck away from it. Cuddyer dropped his bat and took a step toward first base, but home plate ump Paul Nauert ruled the pitch didn't hit him. "Hit my sleeve -- a lot of people heard it, but unfortunately the ump didn't," Cuddyer said.

Cuddyer complained, and Gardenhire raced out to protect him, growing more angry as he did. "Michael Cuddyer wants to hit there. If he hadn't gotten hit with a ball, he would not have reacted like that and dropped the bat," said Gardenhire, who was ejected as he pressed his argument.

"As a player, you appreciate that, for sure," Cuddyer said. "He sticks up for his players."

That's what Leyland was doing a day earlier, protecting Magglio Ordonez after umpire Paul Schrieber placed his hand on Ordonez's back and seemed to guide him toward the dugout after calling him out on a strikeout. On Thursday, Schrieber apologized for the incident.

"In yesterday's game, after I called Magglio Ordonez out on strikes, I inadvertently placed my hand on his back and ushered him away from home plate so that I would not have to eject him for arguing balls and strikes," Schrieber said in a statement he read to reporters. "I should not have placed my hands on him, period. For doing so, I apologize to both Magglio Ordonez and the Detroit Tigers."

Leyland said the apology was accepted and that he hoped Schrieber would not be suspended. "I don't think the man did it with any malice, trying to create a problem. It was just a reaction," Leyland said. "He made a mistake, but it wasn't a vicious mistake."

Briefly: Delmon Young, the only Twins position player not to play in Wednesday's 13-inning game, came to the park with a migraine on Thursday, Gardenhire said, and was given the day off.

How good was Justin Verlander, who struck out a career-high 13 Twins on Thursday? "I knew he was nasty today when I saw Joe Mauer offering at pitches he normally doesn't swing at," Denard Span said. "That's how you know someone is going good."

The Twins have lost four straight games to Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia and haven't scored off the right-hander in the past 17 innings. So they may be fortunate that Sabathia pitched Thursday and will not face the Twins in the upcoming four-game series. The matchups for Yankee Stadium: Francisco Liriano (2-4) vs. Phil Hughes (1-2) tonight; Nick Blackburn (2-2) vs. Joba Chamberlain (2-1) on Saturday; Kevin Slowey (5-1) vs. A.J. Burnett (2-1) on Sunday; and in a matchup of left-handers, Glen Perkins (1-2) vs. Andy Pettitte (3-1) in Monday night's finale.

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Added: May 15, 2009

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