Unlike his manager, Astros' pitcher Lucas Harrell didn't have much of a problem with home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt's strike zone.
It was the pitches Harrell left over the plate that bothered Houston's emergency starter.
Pressed into duty when scheduled starter Paul Clemens was scratched about an hour before the game because of a blister on his right hand, Harrell was knocked out of the game after giving up seven runs in the third inning of a 7-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
''If you're put in the game to get people out, you've got to get people out,'' Harrell said. ''It's just the way it is. It's just the business.''
Harrell allowed seven hits, struck out two and walked two in his brief appearance before being pulled in favor of Erik Bedard.
Bedard was in the middle of pitching in the fifth inning when Houston manager Bo Porter trotted out of the dugout to the mound.
Wendelstedt went out to the mound, and after the two men exchanged words, he ejected Porter....