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Bill Ladson

Harper ejected after striking out in 11th inning

Harper ejected after striking out in 11th inning

NEW YORK -- Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper can get heated when he's upset, and it showed during Friday's 2-1 loss to the Mets.

With the score tied at 1 in the 11th inning, Harper was called out on strikes against New York reliever Hansel Robles. Harper immediately started yelling at home-plate umpire Jerry Meals. A few seconds later, Harper was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

"He has been doing it all night. I told him what I said and that was it," Harper said. "I'm sticking up for my team and myself at the same time. He was bad all night."

Manager Matt Williams wasn't happy that Harper got ejected. Harper is Washington's best player, and Williams wants him on the field at all times.

"I want him to stay in every game," Williams said. "We talked about it. We'll talk about it again."

After Harper left the game, Ryan Zimmerman moved from first base to left field, Jayson Werth moved from left to right and Dan Uggla took over at first. It was the first time in his Major League career that Uggla had to play a position other than second base. It also meant that catcher Wilson Ramos was the only player left on the bench.

"It's part of it," Uggla said. "I can pretty much play anywhere, so wherever they need me to go, that's where I'm going to go."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.