Tribe’s comeback falls short, fall to White Sox 5-4

By TOM WITHERS

AP Sports

Writer

CLEVELAND (AP)

— Ozzie Guillen wasn’t on the field long enough to tell umpire

Joe West how he felt about his balk calls against Mark Buehrle.

The White Sox manager did so afterward.

Harshly.

The fiery

Guillen, never afraid to speak his mind on any subject, unloaded on

West following Chicago’s 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on

Wednesday, a game that included the ejections of both Guillen and

Buehrle for protesting a pair of balks in the first three innings.

Guillen didn’t hold back in a profane-filled

attack on West.

“Joe has been like that

for a lot of years, and he’s always going to be like this,” Guillen

said, dropping several expletives throughout a rant that’s certain to

get a look from Major League Baseball. “I’m not going to change it,

nobody is going to change it, but sometimes he thinks people pay to

watch him umpire. He’s the type of guy that wants to control the game,

and to me is one of the best umpires in the game, no doubt.

“But in the meanwhile, those years are on his

shoulders and kind of heavy and showing people who he is. I deserve

respect and the players deserve respect here, too.”

Buehrle’s ejection in the third didn’t rattle

the White Sox, who regrouped after losing him and survived a scary ninth

by closer Bobby Jenks to win their first road series this season.

Mark Kotsay hit a two-run homer off Jake

Westbrook (2-3) and Mark Teahen drove in two runs as Chicago took two of

three from the last-place Indians, who had a season-high four errors.

Jenks nearly blew a 5-1 lead, allowing

Cleveland to score three runs before striking out Austin Kearns with the

bases loaded and getting Russell Branyan to fly out.

White Sox reliever Tony Pena (1-1), summoned in

the fourth after Randy Williams left with an apparent foot injury,

worked four scoreless innings.

Buehrle

didn’t make it out of the third, one inning longer than Guillen lasted.

Both were tossed by West, who felt two of the lefty’s pickoff moves were

illegal.

Matt LaPorta was on first in

the second when West called the first balk on Buehrle, who didn’t like

the decision and had words with West, a 32-year veteran with a

reputation for being confrontational. Guillen came out to defend his

pitcher and West gave him a minute to plead his case before throwing out

Guillen, who dropped his sunglasses, lineup card and other items on the

track before heading into the dugout.

Guillen said he was more upset with West’s treatment of Buehrle than his

ruling.

“I went out to ask him why he’s

embarrassing Buehrle and he give me one of this,” Guillen said, waving

his hand dismissively. “When you’re a professional and you have to

respect the managers, the way we’re supposed to respect the umpires,

they are supposed to respect back.

“Obviously they have more power than we have and we have to wear it

every time that happens. … I don’t think he has the right and the

power to let people know who is the chief on the field.”

West said Guillen never mentioned anything

about showing up Buehrle.

“He didn’t say

that to me,” West told The Associated Press while having his postgame

meal. “I don’t know what he’s talking about. Ozzie came out because

Buehrle was making gestures on the mound that could have got him kicked

out so he was protecting Buehrle, that’s all he was doing. I don’t have a

problem with that.”

In the third,

Buehrle gave up an infield single to Jason Donald, and with Trevor Crowe

up, he was called for a second balk. This time, Buehrle flipped his

glove off and was immediately ejected by West, who stood with his arms

folded near the first-base line.

Buehrle

tried to get at the ump and had to be restrained.

“Once I got tossed I wanted to go say a few

words and try to get my money’s worth and just kind of find out what did

I do wrong to balk?” Buehrle said. “I think he’s too worried about

promoting his CD (West is a country music singer and song writer with

his own website) and I think he likes seeing his name in the papers a

little bit too much instead of worrying about the rules.

“I’d like to find out what he called a balk on

me. Your knee can cross over the rubber. I know your foot can’t and I

didn’t do that. I watched the replays trying to see what it was called a

balk and I have still have yet to see what I did.”

West said Buehrle balked both times.

“He has a couple of really good moves and those

two were both balks, so I called them,” he said.

Indians manager Manny Acta didn’t want any part

of the West-Guillen battle. He has enough problems.

“That’s irrelevant to me,” Acta said. “I manage

the Indians.”

NOTES: Buehrle is the first Chicago pitcher to have two balks in

a game since Scott Radinsky in 1993. Radinsky is currently Cleveland’s

bullpen coach. … The Indians begin a 10-game trip Friday when they

open a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. … 2B Luis Valbuena’s

squeeze bunt Tuesday night that scored Kearns was the first successful

squeeze by the Indians since May 17, 2003, against Oakland. … Guillen

has been ejected 22 times in his career.

Updated May 26, 2010