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The ejection of Daniel Cabrera from last night's 7-6 win over the Yankees is truly mystifying.  It was so apparently irrational that it's really hard to get upset about it.  You could see exactly how confused Cabrera himself was when home plate umpire Chad Fairchild tossed him from the game in the bottom of the eighth inning after Cabrera hit Alex Rodriguez in the shoulder with a pitch.  Two innings earlier A-Rod had hit a solo home run.

It just seems preposterous that Cabrera, with a 6-1 lead at the time, would open the door like that.  He already had a runner on second after Bobby Abreu doubled and there were no outs.  Given the circumstances after the hit-batsmen, I certainly believe Orioles manager Dave Trembley when he said that he was going to pull Cabrera.  Two runners on, no out, Cabrera just past 100 pitches, eighth inning.  If you seen many Orioles games you know what that means, cue relief pitcher Jim Johnson.  And that's exactly what happened.  George Sherrill was going to pitching the ninth so the fact that it got exciting at the end had little to do with the ejection.

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Who knows, maybe the ejection will have the effect of defusing any potential Yankee retaliation when the two teams play again today starting at 1:05 p.m., although even A-Rod said he didn't think Cabrera was trying to hit him.  Otherwise, it just seems to be an overreaction by the umpire.

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