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Armando Galarraga, Alex Avila have a little dugout spat

Aug 16, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

Weird scene in the first inning of yesterday’s Tigers-White Sox game: After retiring the White Sox, Tigers starter Armando Galarraga sought out his catcher, Alex Avila in the dugout and started pointing his finger and jawing at him. It seemed like a regular old disagreement until Gerald Laird stepped in and began firing back at Galarraga and then it got all shovey for a few moments. (note: the pic to the right shows the couple in happier times).

Based on the post-game comments Galarraga was dressing down Avila over some mixup with signals or something and fellow-catcher Laird took offense at the kid being called out in front of everybody. And he’s right about that. But then again, when isn’t Gerald Laird the voice of reason?

And even if calling our your teammates in front of others, it’s probably not a good idea to do it to Avila. What with his old man being a big wheel in the Tigers’ front office.

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