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Williams ejected for first time as manager

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MILWAUKEE -- Nationals manager Matt Williams was ejected during Monday's 3-0 victory over the Brewers. It marked the first time Williams was tossed from a game as a manager.

It started in the top of the second inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Danny Espinosa was called out looking by home-plate umpire Mark Wegner on a pitch that Williams and the Nationals believed was wide.

The Nationals were unable to score that inning, and shortly after the half-inning ended, Wegner tossed Williams from the game for arguing balls and strikes. Williams argued with Wegner for several minutes before the skipper went back into the clubhouse for the night.

"I wanted to have a conversation, but [Wegner] didn't want to. It's part of the game. We had an opportunity there. It didn't happen for us," Williams said. "It's his discretion to do that if he wants to."

Asked how it felt to have his first ejection in the books, Williams replied, "I don't know. We won the game. That's all that matters."

Bench coach Randy Knorr managed the rest of the game. He didn't see what happened to Williams because he was looking at video to see if Wegner made the right call on Espinosa.

"I had [to watch the ejection] on tape," Knorr said.

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.

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