Angels, Huston Street expected to exchange offers soon

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MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has an update on the ongoing extension negotiations between Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and veteran closer Huston Street …

Dipoto and Street had exploratory talks about an extension over the offseason, and they are expected to begin exchanging formal offers soon. Street won’t let negotiations drag into the regular season unless they’re hashing out details, and he has drawn a very clear line in the sand …

That “very clear line in the sand” is a contract extension that fits somewhere between the four-year, $36 million free agent contract that Andrew Miller signed in December with the Yankees and the four-year, $46 million contract David Robertson got from the White Sox.

Street, who represents himself, is not under contract beyond the 2015 season.

He posted a terrific 1.37 ERA and tallied 41 saves in 59 1/3 innings last year.

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.