Wedge ejected for arguing double call
Replays suggest Francisco's drive was home run
CLEVELAND -- The last thing manager Eric Wedge needed to see Friday night was a home run for the Indians ruled a double.
But that's what Wedge saw at Progressive Field in the sixth inning. He voiced his displeasure over the call to the umpires and got tossed for his troubles.
The ejection was the second of the season for Wedge, and it came after he argued with third-base umpire Damien Beal over a ball that Ben Francisco hammered off the top of the yellow padding in left-center.
According to the ground rules, the padding atop the outfield rail at Progressive Field is home run territory, but after conferring near third base, the umpires decided the ball didn't hit the top of the yellow padding.
Slow-motion replay, however, showed otherwise.
Had the ball been called a home run, the Tribe would have scored three runs, cutting its 12-6 deficit to 12-9 with more than three innings left to play. Instead, one run scored.
Wedge didn't agree with the ruling, and he told the umpires so. Crew chief Dale Scott, umpiring at first base, ended up ejecting Wedge.
Justice B. Hill is a senior writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.