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ARLINGTON -- Veteran relief pitcher Jose Veras said he didn't appreciate the way umpire Bill Miller shouted at him to hurry to the mound when he came from the bullpen in the ninth inning Tuesday, which led to a postgame verbal altercation between the two.

To his credit, Miller called Astros manager Bo Porter after the game and apologized.

"He told me to hurry up," said Veras, who got the final three outs of a 3-hour, 48-minute game. "I just let him know the bullpen is far in the gap in left-center and you've got to come out in this [hot] weather. You can't sprint to the mound. You take your time because it's real humid and you need to breathe and be prepared to get your three outs."

After Veras recorded the last out, he and Miller exchanged words near the pitcher's mound for a few minutes. Veras didn't like being told to speed up his gait on the way to the mound, but he also didn't like the tone in which Miller relayed the message.

"There's another way to tell me to hurry up," he said. "At the same time, it was a long game. It was a long game for me, too. I was out there, too, and I wanted to go home, but I want to win. He told me to 'Hurry up, hurry up,' and I told him I needed my time. I need my time to come from the bullpen and get my three outs. If I sprint to the mound, I'm not going to have any energy. I know he's got a job to do, but I have a job to do."

Brian McTaggart is reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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