Astros sign Peter Moylan to minor league contract

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According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, the Astros have signed right-handed reliever Peter Moylan to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Moylan became a free agent last month after he was designated for assignment by the Dodgers. The soon-to-be 35-year-old had a 6.46 ERA in 14 appearances at the major league level this past season and spent most of the year in Triple-A. We haven’t heard much from him since back and shoulder surgeries in 2011, but the Astros will hope for a bounceback out of their bullpen.

Here’s Moylan’s reaction to his latest opportunity:

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.