La Russa ejected after Pujols strikes out

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was ejected by plate umpire Jim Joyce on Monday night after Albert Pujols took a called third strike for the second out of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres.

Pujols took a step toward first base after the 3-2 pitch at the knees, then turned and jumped in frustration after Joyce punched him out. La Russa came out to get the slugger and as he turned toward the dugout, said something to Joyce and was ejected. The score was tied at 1.

It was La Russa’s eighth game back since missing six games to be treated for shingles.

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