Gaby Sanchez ejected for first time in career on Tuesday

OAKLAND -- Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez's night ended early Tuesday in the first game of a three-game series against the A's when he was ejected for the first time in his Major League career.

With a runner on first and no outs in the seventh, Sanchez struck out swinging against A's left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Sanchez thought he had checked his swing on a pitch in the dirt, and as he walked away from the plate protesting the call, he flung his bat. Home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi promptly tossed him out of the game.

"It was just one of those things," Sanchez said after the Marlins' 1-0 loss. "He made the call, and I didn't agree with it. He knew that."

Sanchez said he had been thrown out of games in the Minor Leagues "once or twice" but never in the big leagues.

"One time an umpire was just really bad," he said.

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