8/16/2014 11:43 P.M. ET
McClendon maintains innocence after ejection
By Matt Slovin / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon maintained his innocence following his ejection from Saturday night's 4-2 loss to the Tigers, saying the comment that got him tossed came from elsewhere in the Seattle dugout.
In the second inning, after Felix Hernandez just missed strike three, home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo gave McClendon his fourth ejection of the year. The batter, Eugenio Suarez, then brought in the first run of the game on a fielder's choice.
"I was most upset that I got thrown out of the ballgame, and [Randazzo] thought it was me that was saying something and it wasn't me," McClendon said. "Then when I went out there to ask why was I thrown out, he said, 'I've seen your act before.'"
McClendon felt that was an unjustified comment.
"I don't think that was called for," he said. "That's not fair. If you think I said something about a ball or strike, throw me out of the game. I get that. But to talk about past history -- that's not fair. It is what it is. It's over with. Just move on."
Earlier in the second inning, several Mariners, including catcher Mike Zunino, were visibly upset when Alex Avila took a pitch that they felt was in the strike zone. It also would've been the third strike of the at-bat.
"We didn't get those called strikes, and sometimes that dictates the inning," Zunino said.
In the first inning, Miguel Cabrera was awarded a timeout while Hernandez was in his pitching motion. The delay, which forced Hernandez to stumble off the pitching rubber, seemed to antagonize McClendon.
Cano back in lineup after fouling ball off foot
DETROIT -- Second baseman Robinson Cano was in the starting lineup for the Mariners on Saturday night, a day after he left the game in the eighth inning with a sore right foot.
Cano fouled a pitch off his foot in a seventh-inning at-bat and was hobbling around afterward. But manager Lloyd McClendon said he thinks it's all systems go for Cano against Tigers pitcher David Price.
"As far as I know, he's fine," McClendon said. "I haven't heard anything different from the trainers."
Cano went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer in Friday's 7-2 win for the Mariners, who leapfrogged the Tigers for the second American League Wild Card spot with the victory.
King's Court follows Felix to Detroit
DETROIT -- Adorned with customary yellow T-shirts and "K" placards, Felix Hernandez's King's Court cheering section at Comerica Park on Saturday was far smaller than at a usual Safeco Field start.
Against a backdrop of blue and orange Tigers paraphernalia, though, the quartet of Felix followers was certainly more conspicuous than it would have been in Seattle.
These four Mariners fans, two of them Seattle transplants to Detroit, were not strangers to road environments. They'd been to a handful of Major League ballparks around the country, but Saturday night's matchup between Hernandez and the newly acquired David Price was special.
"It doesn't get any better than these two," said one of Felix's fans, Brandon Honnoll, from San Jose.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.