While we are on the topic of ejections, that umpiring crew this past weekend made a couple of questionable decisions. No, they didn't cost the Orioles any of the four games – nowhere close. What cost the Orioles is that their starting pitching was awful, they didn't get enough timely hits, and they simply don't have anywhere near enough talent right now to compete with the Red Sox or any of the other heavyweights in the A.L. East. With that out of the way though, I could use a good explanation for why Jeff Nelson's crew handled things the way they did. The first problem I had is why were both benches warned after John Lackey drilled Derrek Lee in the seventh inning Saturday? Lee was the second guy that Lackey had hit a night after the whole benches-clearing incident to the Orioles' none. I'll let other people debate Lackey's intent, but by warning both benches the way he did, he basically made sure that the whole conflict extended into Sunday's game as well. I'm not advocating hitting somebody, but don't you have to wait until a Red Sox batter gets hit until you warn both clubs? It's like giving one team a free shot. The Orioles bullpen was taxed as it was and obviously they couldn't afford to have one of their available relievers thrown out of Saturday's game. And then Marty Foster warning both benches yesterday after Jeremy Guthrie hit Kevin Youkilis with a changeup to load the bases for David Ortiz with one out in a tie game was even more curious? And that obviously led to the ejection of Weiland for hitting Vladimir Guerrero with a pitch that nobody felt was intentional. I understand umpires have pressure on them to control games because bench-clearing brawls are just ugly for the sport, but common sense should prevail.