Angels 4, Tigers 2

Jered Weaver had full command of his dominating fastball. Torii

Hunter’s big throw was a wild heave from the dugout.

Weaver allowed three hits over seven innings to best Justin

Verlander, Hunter hit a two-run homer then tossed a bag of

baseballs onto the field after being ejected, and the Los Angeles

Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Friday night.

Hunter, after hitting a tape-measure two-run homer in the first,

was tossed by home plate umpire Ron Kulpa in the top of the eighth

after being called out on strikes. Hunter said things had been

escalating on pitches he and Kulpa didn’t agree on all game.

”It was a build up all day. Some things that were said by

him,” Hunter said.

Hunter made a comment about strike one and commented again after

the third strike. That’s when he was run.

”Obviously, Torii didn’t like strike one and we had a talk

about strike one and then he didn’t like strike three and we had a

conversation about strike three,” Kulpa said. ”And he said some

things that crossed the line and he got ejected.”

There has been lingering bad feelings between Hunter and Kulpa.

Hunter said Kulpa ejected him from games twice before.

When he was ejected, Hunter thought, ”’This guy has something

out for me.”’

Kulpa said it was nothing personal with Hunter.

”It’s just the nature of the game. Sometimes guys disagree with

us and those things happen in baseball,” he said. ”I’ve known

Torii for a long time and it’s just part of the game.”

Kulpa also said that Hunter hit him above his left eye with the

bill of Hunter’s helmet after the ejection.

”If I did, I didn’t feel it,” Hunter said. ”I looked down and

said ‘it (the ball) was low!’ and I looked back up and he was

holding his face. … I thought he was being a drama queen. I

wasn’t even thinking about bumping him.”

Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia was also ejected when he tried to

get between Hunter and Kulpa after the ejection.

Hunter went to the Angels dugout and heaved a bag of balls on to

the field shortly thereafter.

”I’m sorry, but I’m not sorry,” Hunter said about throwing the

ball bag. ”But that was something I had to do.”

Scioscia was then ejected.

”I guess Torii was upset the way the conversation went,”

Scioscia said of Hunter. ”Torii always plays with emotion.”

Brennan Boesch hit a home run for Detroit, which is 5-18 since

the All-Star break.

”We had a few chances, but we didn’t do much. We got four

hits,” Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland said. ”Verlander started off

shaky, made some real bad pitches early, then settled down pretty

good. But it was just lack of offense.”

Weaver (11-7) allowed one earned run and fanned nine to run his

AL-leading total to 171.

”The guys made some great defensive plays for me when I needed

it,” he said.

Former Tiger Fernando Rodney pitched the eighth and Brian

Fuentes the ninth for his 21st save in 25 chances.

Weaver worked out of a two on, none out jam in the second after

he walked leadoff man Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta singled.

Weaver struck out Johnny Damon swinging, got Brandon Inge to pop

out and induced Alex Avila to hit a checked-swing grounder.

Weaver also walked Cabrera to lead off the fourth, when the

Tigers got their second run.

Verlander (12-7) gave up four runs on seven hits, walking two

and striking out two.

Hunter’s two-run homer in the first gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead.

With one out, he drove Verlander’s 0-2 pitch off the flag pole well

beyond the left-center field fence for his 18th home run. It was

estimated at 435 feet.

Hunter said he strongly disagreed with Kulpa’s call on the first

pitch in that at bat.

The Angels made it 4-0 with two more in the second on Howie

Kendrick’s RBI double and Peter Bourjos’ run-scoring grounder.

Boesch’s two-out, solo home run in the third put Detroit on the

scoreboard. His towering drive down the right-field line deep into

the stands was Boesch’s 13th homer and first since June 27. It was

estimated at 407 feet.

”That was a bad pitch. He put it where it should’ve been,”

Weaver said. ”It was a hanging curveball.”

The Tigers pulled to 4-2 on second baseman Macir Izturis’

throwing error as he attempted to complete a double play on Damon’s

grounder in the fourth. Izturis’ throw to first was wild, allowing

Cabrera to score from second.

NOTES: Damon’s foul line drive into the Tigers dugout in the

fourth hit C Avila, who was standing on the steps, and knocked him

down. Avila wasn’t injured. … Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch said that

he would be bringing back both GM Dave Dombrowski and Leyland back

for next season at a Detroit Red Wings’ press conference, to

announce the signing of Mike Modano . … Detroit promoted David

Chadd to vice president amateur scouting/special assistant to the

general manager, Scott Pleis to director amateur scouting and Mike

Rojas to director player development.