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Skipper Green tossed by Joe West in Atlanta

San Diego manager has hat handed to him -- literally -- by veteran umpire
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ATLANTA -- Padres manager Andy Green was ejected in the bottom of the fourth inning in the Padres' 9-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park on Friday night. It was his second ejection of the season and seventh in his career.

With a 1-2 count on Ozzie Albies, Clayton Richard threw a slider in the dirt. Albies swung, and home-plate umpire Joe West seemed to clench his fist. Then West said that Albies had foul-tipped the pitch.

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ATLANTA -- Padres manager Andy Green was ejected in the bottom of the fourth inning in the Padres' 9-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park on Friday night. It was his second ejection of the season and seventh in his career.

With a 1-2 count on Ozzie Albies, Clayton Richard threw a slider in the dirt. Albies swung, and home-plate umpire Joe West seemed to clench his fist. Then West said that Albies had foul-tipped the pitch.

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Green came out of the dugout to question the call and was ejected moments later. Upon hearing he was ejected, Green threw his hat toward the field of play, and West picked it up to hand to the Padres' skipper.

"I appreciate him picking up my hat," Green said after the game. "I've been ejected a lot, and I've never had an umpire pick my hat up before and hand it to me, so I appreciate that."

Video: SD@ATL: Green on getting ejected in the 4th inning

There has been no love lost between Green and the umpiring crew in Atlanta. After the Padres' loss Thursday night, Green was upset over a hit-by-pitch call that he said changed the trajectory of the game.

"I think I have said absolutely everything that I want to say about umpires," Green said. "I made plenty of comments yesterday, but I think the story for me is the way our team fought and came back to beat a first-place team."

Tori McElhaney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta.

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