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Dodgers defend Corey Seager swinging on 3-0 pitch, which Don Mattingly blames for skirmish

Dodgers defend Corey Seager swinging on 3-0 pitch, which Don Mattingly blames for skirmish

In the seventh inning on Friday night, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager watched as Marlins reliever Nick Wittgren opened an at-bat with three consecutive balls. From the dugout, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts allowed Seager to swing away at the next pitch. His team led by five runs. Roberts did not see much harm in the decision.

Inside the opposing dugout, the sight of Seager taking a rip at the next pitch upset Miami manager Don Mattingly, who had held the same title in Los Angeles from 2011 to 2015. It was not the result that bothered him. Seager fouled off a pitch and eventually took a walk. It was the impudence of the decision, Mattingly would hint later in the night.

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