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Jonathon Niese explains Subway Series ejection

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NEW YORK -- Approached at his locker postgame on Friday, New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese initially smiled and said: "What? I didn't play."

Niese proceeded to explain his ejection in the top of the sixth inning by plate umpire Doug Eddings. Niese was displeased with the strike zone -- particularly high calls that half-inning against Mets batters, including to Juan Lagares.

"I thought that it was a ball. He called it a strike. And I told him, 'Make an adjustment,'" Niese said after the Mets' 6-1 loss to the New York Yankees. "... He said he didn't want to hear another word. And I said, 'Well, then make an adjustment.' And he tossed me."

Asked if he might have swore during the exchange, Niese said: "Uhh, I plead the fifth on that one."