LOS ANGELES (AP) -Dodgers third baseman Nomar Garciaparra was ejected for the first time in his 12-year career for arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning of Monday night's game against the Houston Astros.
Garciaparra took a called third strike at the knees to end the inning and began arguing with home plate umpire Tom Hallion.
``Obviously, he called a strike. I thought the ball might have fallen off the plate,'' Garciaparra said. ``We argued and had a disagreement. I was respectful to him and he was respectful to me.''
Dodgers manager Grady Little came on the field to talk to Hallion, while first base coach Mariano Duncan wrapped his arms around Garciaparra and attempted to back him toward the dugout.
Garciaparra continued shouting and pointed his bat at the umpire while taking a few steps toward Hallion, who ejected him for the first time in 1,303 games.
``You have a disagreement and you get your 2 cents' worth,'' Garciaparra said.
He was replaced by Shea Hillenbrand, who was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier Monday.
Garciaparra went 4-for-15 on the Dodgers' just completed road trip.
The Astros won the game, 4-1.

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