Washington tossed after call changed

Updated: May 3, 2010, 11:16 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was ejected in the second inning of Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics after the umpires changed a call.

A ground ball hit back to the mound by Eric Chavez was fielded by Rich Harden, who ran to the first base bag. First base umpire Paul Schrieber called Chavez out. Chavez immediately asked if Harden had touched the bag, and Oakland manager Bob Geren came out to argue.

The replays show it was close as Harden looked away from the bag as he approached first.

The reversal was made after the umpires huddled, and the play was scored an error on Harden. Washington came out and argued, and it didn't take him long to get ejected.

Harden ended up striking out the next two hitters, Adam Rosales and Eric Patterson, to end the inning.

It's the second time Washington has been ejected this road trip. He was thrown out in Friday's extra-inning win against Seattle.

Bench coach Jackie Moore is the manager for the rest of the game.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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