James McCann suspects Alex Rios is stealing signs

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As MLive.com’s James Schmehl details, Tigers catcher James McCann suspects Royals outfielder Alex Rios is stealing signs. Rios was hit by a Bruce Rondon pitch in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Kauffman Stadium. He advanced to second base when Rondon walked Infante.

McCann then went to visit Rondon on the mound and stared Rios down, to make him aware that he was being watched in the event he was stealing signs.

“Was he doing it? I have my suspicions,” McCann said. “No one will ever know except for him. But I do know he wasn’t able to relay them beyond that trip to the mound.”

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“I just stared at him. Not knowing if he was really doing it or not,” said McCann, who didn’t directly accuse Rios of stealing signs. “But my job is to make sure it didn’t continue if it was happening.”

Rondon wound up getting the next two outs without issue, getting the save for the Tigers.

McCann was in the news a week ago for a dust-up with teammate Jose Iglesias. He felt Iglesias gave up too soon on a ground ball.

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.