SEATTLE (AP) -Mariners manager John McLaren was ejected nine minutes into Monday night's opening game of a crucial series with the Los Angeles Angels for arguing over a check-swing third strike.
Ichiro Suzuki swung at a two-strike pitch from John Lackey that skipped into the glove of catcher Jeff Mathis leading off the bottom of the first. Suzuki asked Gary Darling, the plate umpire and crew chief, to request an appeal ruling from third base umpire Jerry Meals to determine whether Suzuki had foul tipped the pitch. Darling refused to do so. McLaren then came out to approach Darling.
After a brief and relatively calm discussion, McLaren returned toward the dugout. Seconds later he was jogging and then running to Meals' position and getting in the umpire's face and shouting. Meals had apparently already ejected him, though no ejection signal was evident.
The nose-to-nose confrontation between McLaren and Meals continued through Darling trying to intercede, before McLaren finally left the field after a couple of minutes. The near-sellout crowd at Safeco Field roared.
It was McLaren's second ejection since he became Seattle's manager on July 2, after Mike Hargrove abruptly resigned.
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