Marlins designate Nick Masset for assignment

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The Marlins have designated reliever Nick Masset for assignment, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The move creates roster space for starter Henderson Alvarez, who will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

Over seven relief appearances spanning 8 2/3 innings, Masset allowed three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and one walk while striking out five.

Alvarez has been on the disabled list since April 13 due to inflammation in his right shoulder. He had allowed six runs on 12 hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 12 innings. He’ll oppose Shelby Miller of the Braves in the series finale on Sunday.

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.