Asdrubal Cabrera, Matt Williams ejected after arguing strikes in the 10th inning

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Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and manager Matt Williams were both ejected in the bottom of the 10th inning for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Vic Carapazza.

Cabrera was ahead in the count 3-1 against Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt when the lefty threw a pitch up near the letters over the plate, called a strike with a slight delay by Carapazza. Cabrera wasn’t happy and expressed his frustration, and Williams barked from the dugout. Affeldt threw the same pitch in nearly the same location and Carapazza rung Cabrera up for the strikeout, the first out of the inning.

Cabrera slammed his bat down in frustration, followed shortly thereafter with his helmet. He stomped in front of Carapazza, who immediately ejected him. Williams came out and was quickly ejected as well. Bench coach Randy Knorr took over managerial duties for Williams.

There was some confusion after the ejections, as Ryan Zimmerman pinch-hit in the pitcher’s spot (Tyler Clippard). Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to confirm who, exactly, was announced — Zimmerman or Kevin Frandsen — as it affects the Nationals’ roster availability given Cabrera’s ejection. Zimmerman singled and was replaced on the base paths by Danny Espinosa, who will take over at second base for Cabrera.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.