Mariners' Miller ejected after called third strike

Mariners' Miller ejected after called third strike

SEATTLE -- Mariners shortstop Brad Miller was ejected from Saturday's game against the A's by home-plate umpire Bob Davidson after striking out in the fourth inning.

Miller appeared to say something to Davidson as he stood at the plate after the called third strike, then was tossed as he walked back to the dugout.

"He said something to the umpire, and the umpire didn't like it," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon.

It was the first ejection of Miller's Major League career. The 24-year-old has played 156 games over the past two seasons and is hitting .206 in 80 games this season, with eight home runs and 24 RBIs.

Veteran utility infielder Willie Bloomquist replaced Miller in the fifth inning.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.