The Astros have checked in on Brett Anderson

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The Astros and Brett Anderson:

This seems far more humane than all of that “aggressive” business the Dodgers and Marlins have been up to.

Astros: You doin’ OK, Brett?

Brett Anderson: Yeah, I’m alright.

Astros: Can we get anything for you, big guy? You thirsty?

Brett Anderson: No, I’m good. But thanks.

Astros: You, just checking in. Night, champ.

Much, much more pleasant, no?

As for Anderson: he was the A’s Opening Day starter in 2013. And he has the stuff to where he could easily be a front line starter again. It’s just a matter of him staying healthy. I presume the gamble on him won’t cost a ton, and certainly could pay off big.

 

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.