Bill Baer

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 1: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays argues a called third strike after being ejected by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza #19 in the first inning during MLB game action against the Cleveland Indians on July 1, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Edwin Encarnacion suspended one game for bumping ump


Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion didn’t like a first-inning strike three call by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza on Friday. He flung his bat to the ground suddenly and got in Carapazza’s face to argue. Carapazza immediately ejected him and turned his back. Encarnacion chased after the ump and inadvertently bumped him. Manager John Gibbons came out to argue and was ejected as well.

Major League Baseball has suspended Encarnacion for one game and fined him for the incident. Encarnacion is appealing the suspension, so he’s in Sunday’s lineup for the Blue Jays against the Indians.

To Encarnacion’s credit, he appears to have had a legitimate gripe with the call, as the Sportsnet graphic showed the pitch to be quite a bit outside. The chart from Brooks Baseball agrees:


Encarnacion homered on Saturday, bringing his season total up to 22 with 73 RBI and a .262/.358/.541 triple-slash line.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Sunday’s action

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08:  Brandon McCarthy #38 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on April 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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I don’t usually write up a What’s on Tap for Sunday games, but then again, I don’t typically clock in until the mid-afternoon when most of Sunday’s games are nearing completion. So enjoy this treat.

Sunday is a day of redemption for a few pitchers. Stephen Strasburg returns from the disabled list for the Nationals after missing a couple weeks with an upper back injury. He’s putting his perfect 10-0 record on the line, opposing the Reds’ John Lamb in a 1:35 PM EDT matchup. Brandon McCarthy toes the rubber for the Dodgers in his 2016 debut after missing over a year due to Tommy John surgery. He’ll oppose the Rockies’ Jon Gray in a 4:10 PM EDT tiff. And Andrew Cashner is back in action for the Padres after straining his neck early last month. He will try to best the Yankees’ Chad Green starting at 4:40 PM EDT.

In the evening, the Marlins and Braves will square off at Fort Bragg Field, marking the first time a regular season game in any professional sport has been played on an active military base. Major League Baseball is doing this as a way to say “thank you” to servicepeople.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said, “Major League Baseball’s boundless gratitude to our military has led us to a unique event that will benefit the men and women of Fort Bragg and their families for many years. I thank the Braves and the Marlins for their participation and all of our clubs and players for contributing to this gesture, which will stand as a fitting new chapter in the national pastime’s proud and distinguished military history.”

Adam Conley goes for the Marlins and Matt Wisler goes for the Braves in this 8:05 PM EDT event.

The rest of Sunday’s action…

Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber) @ Toronto Blue Jays (J.A. Happ), 1:07 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester) @ New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard), 1:10 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Mike Pelfrey) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer), 1:10 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (John Lamb) @ Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg), 1:35 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Vince Velasquez), 1:35 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker) @ Boston Red Sox (Sean O’Sullivan), 1:35 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Houston Astros (Collin McHugh), 2:10 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels) @ Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson), 2:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha), 2:15 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano) @ Oakland Athletics (Daniel Mengden), 4:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez) @ Seattle Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma), 4:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Brandon McCarthy), 4:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Albert Suarez) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray), 4:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Chad Green) @ San Diego Padres (Andrew Cashner), 4:40 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Adam Conley) @ Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler), 8:05 PM EDT

Nick Swisher will sit out the rest of 2016, but insists he is not retiring

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Nick Swisher #23 of the Atlanta Braves   poses on photo day at Champion Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Outfielder Nick Swisher opted out of his minor league deal with the Yankees following the birth of his second child. He intends to sit out the remainder of the 2016 season, but insisted in a Facebook post that he is not retiring.

Swisher, 35, hit .255/.297/.377 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 236 plate appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He’s a few years separated since he was last a productive hitter, as he finished with a .608 OPS in 2014 with the Indians and a combined .631 OPS last season between the Indians and Braves. Undoubtedly, Swisher will be fielding minor league offers during the offseason.