CLEVELAND -- This one had a little bit of everything.
There was a rain delay of nearly 2 1/2 hours at the start. There was a five infielder alignment at the end. And in the middle of the Red Sox' 7-4, 12-inning loss to the Indians, there was catcher A.J. Pierzynski, being ejected in the middle of sixth inning.
A number of players had been yapping at home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott for his strike zone judgment over the course of the night, but Pierzynski apparently took things a little too far, at least in Wolcott's estimation.
After Brandon Workman walked Asdrubal Cabrera, Pierzynski turned to Wolcott to request a new ball, and in so doing, apparently crossed the line with some remarks.
"I don't know, it happens,'' shrugged Pierzynski. "The timing was rather odd, but whatever. Stuff happens out there. I've been kicked out a few times in my career. I remember getting kicked out last year in the middle of a no-hitter (while Pierzynski, then with Texas, was catching Yu Darvish), so stuff happens.''
Asked if the ejection had its roots in Pierzynski's disagreement with the strike zone, the veteran catcher unleashed some sarcasm.
"We didn't agree on what time the game should have started tonight,'' said Pierzynski. "I said it should have started a little earlier, he thought it was a little late. We just didn't get along as far as that went.''