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Arguing strike call nets Price an ejection

Arguing strike call nets Price an ejection

MILWAUKEE -- Manager Bryan Price was ejected from Monday's game vs. the Brewers for arguing a strike three call on a check swing in the sixth inning.

Devin Mesoraco was batting with one out when he tried to check his swing on a 1-2 pitch in the dirt from Wily Peralta. Home-plate umpire David Rackley ruled that Mesoraco's bat went too far and called him out.

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Mesoraco immediately argued before heading to the dugout when Price emerged and interjected. Following a few moments of discussion, Rackley tossed Price from the game.

"Those check swings are a son-of-a-gun," Price said after the Reds' 5-2 defeat. "I understand it's a very difficult call for the umpires. I don't [think] either one of those umpires are trying to get the call wrong. It seemed to me it started with the Ryan Braun check swing. I thought he went and that one of the two guys would get [it]. Neither one did. Then Devin gets called out on what I thought was not a swing. It seemed like in that series of events, those calls were all going against us. I didn't care for that."

It was the second time this season that Price has been ejected.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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