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Josh Willingham suspended one game for run-in with ump

Josh Willingham, Bill Miller

Oakland Athletics’ Josh Willingham, right, argues with plate umpire Bill Miller after being ejected from the baseball game after he was called out on strikes in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, May 7, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. The Athletics lost 4-3 to the Royals. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)


Athletics left fielder Josh Willingham was handed down a one-game suspension on Monday for some “inappropriate conduct” in Saturday’s game against the Royals.

Willingham made contact with umpire Bill Miller while arguing a called third strike in the eighth inning of the game. Willingham, who said Miller initiated the contact, appealed the suspension and is in the lineup for Monday’s game.

Willingham is hitting just .225 this season, but he leads the A’s with five homers and 17 RBI. It’s the first time in his eight-year career that he’s been suspended.