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A-Gon tossed after check-swing strikeout

Dodgers' first baseman irked by interpretation of rule
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MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez wants Major League Baseball to define the check swing.

In the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 7-0 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday, Gonzalez struck out on an 0-2 check swing called by plate umpire Toby Basner. Gonzalez had a check swing on the previous pitch, with Basner asking for help from third-base umpire Dan Bellino, who called a strike.

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MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez wants Major League Baseball to define the check swing.

In the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 7-0 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday, Gonzalez struck out on an 0-2 check swing called by plate umpire Toby Basner. Gonzalez had a check swing on the previous pitch, with Basner asking for help from third-base umpire Dan Bellino, who called a strike.

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As he walked back to the dugout, Gonzalez said he gestured to Bellino that the call by Basner was a swing but call by Bellino was not.

"I didn't say a word," said Gonzalez, ejected for the fifth time in his career. "I gestured it. First time in my career I got tossed without saying a word and while walking back to the dugout.

"The check swing itself, I don't have a problem with him calling it. My problem is how it's interpreted different by every single umpire. It needs to be black and white and not gray. Every umpire calls it a different way. One guy takes a full hack and it's no swing, another guy barely moves and they call it a swing. It's something I feel needs to be addressed by whoever is in charge and put in words."

The rules state that the umpire decides whether a batter swings, but what constitutes a swing is not defined.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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