OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin regrets getting thrown out of Wednesday night's 11-inning, 2-1 loss to Houston, but does not remember the "magic word" he used that prompted Doug Eddings to toss him so quickly.
[INSTANT REPLAY: Astros 2, A's 1 (11)]
"I shouldn't get frustrated because you have to finish the game," Melvin said. "And no matter what happens, as far as calls go, right or wrong, there's nothing you can do about them after the fact.
"My intent wasn't to get thrown out."
It was the fourth time Melvin was ejected this season, the 29th in his managerial career, per @sfgwire.
Melvin's emotions boiled over in the eighth inning of what was then a 1-1 game when Eric Sogard was called out attempting to tag up to third base on a fly ball to center field. Replays, though, showed Sogard got his hand on the bag before Brandon Barnes' throw arrived and the tag was applied by Matt Dominguez.
Melvin rushed out and was summarily tossed by Eddings, who was the second base umpire but covering third on the rotation of the play.
"Give your two cents and address whatever you think is right or wrong, but I can't get thrown out of that game," Melvin said. "When I'm sitting in (the clubhouse) watching it on TV, and especially here, where you feel like you're 10 miles away, I don't do my team any good, even though everybody on our staff is able to handle stuff like that.
"Everybody in the dugout has a job to do and I wasn't there to do mine."