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Cox Ejected; Chipper Homers; Braves Still Lose

ATLANTA (AP) _ Justin Verlander pitched seven innings to win his
fourth straight start and the Detroit Tigers beat light-hitting
Atlanta 2-to-1. The loss was too much for Braves manager Bobby Cox,
who was thrown out in the ninth inning to give him 131 career
ejections, tying the record set by John McGraw.
Cox came on the field as Fairchild tossed Atlanta's Brian McCann
for arguing a called third strike from Todd Jones, who got three
outs to earn his 18th save in 22 chances.
Carlos Guillen (GEE'-en) homered for the Tigers, who have won
six straight games.
Verlander is 9-and-2. He gave up a fourth-inning homer to
Chipper Jones but did not allow another baserunner past second.
Verlander fanned eleven.
The Braves have lost four straight and eight of eleven. They did
end a streak of 31 straight scoreless innings when Jones homered in
the fourth for their lone run.

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ATLANTA (AP) _ Braves manager Bobby Cox wasn't going to argue
with plate umpire Chad Fairchild, and he ended up with a
record-tying ejection anyway.
Cox was tossed from today's 2-to-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers in
the bottom of the ninth inning. He ran onto the field too late to
save Brian McCann from being ejected by Fairchild.
Cox's ejection gave him 131 for his career, tying the record set
by John McGraw. He already has the record for most ejections by a
manager, since 14 of McGraw's came as a player.
McCann argued with Fairchild about a called third strike from
Todd Jones. The pitch appeared to be low.
Cox said he didn't come onto the field to argue; he was only
trying to keep McCann in the game in case of extra innings. He
ended up arguing with Fairchild after McCann was ejected.
Cox said -- quote -- ``He was the only catcher I had left.''
Said McCann: ``The pitch was below my knee. It almost hit the
ground. The ball wasn't a strike. I'm pretty sure (Cox) didn't
think it was a strike, either.''
Cox has been reluctant to say much about the record, and Braves
general manager John Schuerholz said there would be no public
recognition of a milestone that his manager would rather ignore.
Ciox said recently, ``It's kind of embarrassing.''
The mark doesn't show up in any official record books but was
diligently compiled by the Society for American Baseball Research.


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