Mariners demote Abraham Almonte to Triple-A, to recall James Jones

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Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports that the Mariners have demoted outfielder Abraham Almonte to Triple-A Tacoma and plan to recall James Jones.

Almonte has been struggling mightily at the plate, carrying a .540 OPS into Sunday’s game against the Astros. He did not start Sunday, but did pinch-run and stole his third base in four attempts. Manager Lloyd McClendon told Almonte, “If you play well, you’ll be back.”

Jones, 25, was playing well for Tacoma, slashing .313/.382/.450 in 90 plate appearances.

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.