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Bobby Cox, One Step Closer to MLB History

ATLANTA (AP) _ After being tossed from a game for the second
straight day today, Bobby Cox was in no mood to talk about where he
stands on the career record for ejections.
He said -- quote -- ``I don't want to talk about the record.
Talk about the game.''
Cox's ejection was his fifth of the season and the 130th of his
career, leaving him only one behind John McGraw's record of 131.
Cox already has the record for most ejections by a manager,
since 14 of McGraw's ejections came as a player.
Cox would have to dramatically alter the tone of his encounters
with umpires to avoid matching and passing McGraw's mark, but he
was more concerned with his team's two straight losses to the
Phillies, including today's 6-to-4 defeat.
After Kelly Johnson led off the third with a double, Willie
Harris hit a grounder over first base that landed near the foul
line. First base umpire Ron Kulpa immediately called the ball foul.
T-V replays showed the ball landing just on the foul side of the
line, but as Cox pointed to the mark on the ground his argument was
that the ball had to have been fair when it crossed first base.
Cox was thrown out of the game soon after he came on the field
to argue the call.
Cox continued to argue for a few minutes before leaving the
field to a loud ovation.
Kulpa also tossed John Smoltz as Smoltz yelled at the umpire
from the dugout. Smoltz, who recorded his 200th career win on
Thursday night, was not pitching today.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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