Michael Young: Don't blame the umps

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington and starter Derek Holland declined to go into detail on several umpiring calls that appeared questionable in Sunday afternoon's 8-5 loss to the New York Mets. Michael Young wasn't as evasive when asked about being called out at third in the fifth inning

"It was a missed call," he said frankly.

The Rangers had Adrian Beltre at first and Young at second when Nelson Cruz lined a grounder to deep short. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes' only play was to third, but his throw took third baseman Justin Turner off the bag. Turner tried to tag Young, but the DH appeared to beat it.

Young was called out. He asked third base umpire if Mike DiMuro if it was a force or tag out. DiMuro answered that it was a force, much to Young's chagrin after seeing the replay. The Rangers, down 5-3 at the time, would have had the bases loaded and none out.

Young, however, wasn't about to blame the loss -- Texas' third in four games -- on umpiring.

"It's our job to find a way to win ballgames no matter what," he said. "Our job is to get past that. I'm one of the guys that's totally opposed to replay in the game because I believe the umpires do a really good job. You have to find a way to get through that and still do our jobs."

Washington didn't finish doing his job, getting ejected in the sixth. He had come out of the dugout twice previously to argue calls that went against the Rangers. One was a near double-play that would have ended the New York second. (The Mets scored two more runs after the play.) The other was also in the fifth, with Cruz being forced at second when Reyes' foot might have come off the bag early.

"I'm not getting myself into trouble," Washington said when asked about the umpiring. "I just think that some people out there had some bad days. That happens sometimes."

He wasn't shocked by the ejection.

"I'm surprised it didn't happen earlier," Washington quipped.

There was also plenty of scuttlebutt in the clubhouse about Holland being squeezed by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher.

"The umpires, I'm not going to make any comments about it," said Holland, who fell to 6-3. "Things happen."

Fletcher threw out both Washington and Elvis Andrus, who sat out Sunday with a sore wrist.