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Gesture from dugout gets McClendon tossed

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DETROIT -- For the second straight game, and fifth time this season, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was ejected in the seventh inning of Sunday's 8-1 win over the Tigers.

With his team ahead, 7-0, McClendon seemed to take issue with Alex Avila's check swing with a full count. Third-base umpire Tony Randazzo promptly ejected McClendon, saying later it was because McClendon gestured a dismissal of Randazzo's call.

"Gestures are just as powerful as words sometimes," crew chief Brian Gorman said to a representative from the media after the game.

The night before, Randazzo was behind the plate when he ejected McClendon for arguing balls and strikes. After the 4-2 loss, McClendon said he didn't yell whatever got him tossed from the dugout.

"I was most upset that I got thrown out of the ballgame, and [Randazzo] thought it was me that was saying something and it wasn't me," McClendon said Saturday. "Then when I went out there to ask why was I thrown out, he said, 'I've seen your act before.'"

Randazzo got to see McClendon's "act" again Sunday and apparently still didn't like it.

"There's not a lot to say on it," McClendon said after his Sunday removal. "The incident and what happened spoke for itself."

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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