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A tough night for the Chicago White Sox was headlined by Tim Anderson’s ejection in the seventh inning after appearing to shove a referee after contesting a strike call.
Anderson and manager Tony La Russa were ejected from Friday night’s 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics after a heated argument following what appeared to be a high strike call.
Anderson let plate umpire Nick Mahrley know how he felt, prompting the ejection. But what followed could lead to a long suspension of major league baseball.
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“I don’t think Tim cursed him or anything,” La Russa explained after the game. “If you don’t allow a player to be emotional, (and) you have a bunch of bots playing here, it’s no fun.
“That at bat, I thought the pitches were questionable. He got pissed off,” he continued. “I think you have to allow players to trigger, as long as they don’t cross a line. And that thing escalated before Tim did anything. He’s excited. That’s how he’s playing. That’s how you’re supposed to play.”
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Mahrley seemed to indicate that Anderson made contact with him during the verbal altercation, but La Russa saw it differently.
“I know I think I saw the ref go a little bit forward, which they were taught not to do,” La Russa said. “I haven’t seen any contacts that I know of.”
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Led 5-3 at the time, Chicago allowed two more runs and lost his second straight to fall below .500 (49-50).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.