Davey Johnson ejected from Nationals' game for first time this season

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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was ejected from Thursday afternoon’s game in the sixth inning after shortstop Ian Desmond was called out on strikes and vehemently disagreed with the call. 

Johnson, who was ejected for the third time in his Nationals tenure but just the first time this season, rushed out of the dugout as Desmond continued to show his disapproval with the call on his way back to the bench following home plate umpire Mike Winters’ call.

He was promptly tossed.

The Nationals, who led 4-1 at the time, had the bases loaded with no outs on the Pittsburgh Pirates and starter A.J. Burnett. Jayson Werth was called out on strikes one batter before Desmond, and also did not appear pleased with the final call. 

Denard Span, who came to the plate after Desmond, ground out to second base to end the inning and the Nationals’ once-premium threat.  

Neither side seemed pleased with Winters’ strike zone for much of the contest. 

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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