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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez had pointed words after plate umpire Laz Diaz and star slugger Bryce Harper jawed during Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

Harper and Diaz were arguing much of the night. It started when Harper disagreed with a call in the fifth inning and continued in the sixth when Harper was in center field and they continued yelling at each other.

It stopped short of reaching a boiling point in the seventh when Diaz called a strike on a pitch that appeared to be off the plate. Harper argued with Diaz while looking straight ahead, not making eye contact with the umpire.

Nats manager Dave Martinez said he thought umpire Laz Diaz’s remarks to Bryce Harper came in a “pivotal moment” of Friday night’s game and that it was “uncalled for.” Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports

Martinez came from the dugout to back Harper, but Diaz did not eject either.

“I’m not going to make any comments on balls and strikes there, but umpires are supposed to be nonconfrontational, they’re supposed to uphold the peace on the baseball field,” Martinez said. “For me, I think the MLB needs to take

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