Brewers trade Neal Cotts to the Twins

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The Brewers announced that the club has traded reliever Neal Cotts to the Twins for a player to be named or cash considerations. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Friday afternoon that Cotts had been claimed on revocable waivers.

Cotts, 35, put up a 3.28 ERA with a 48/17 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings of relief for the Brewers. He signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Brewers at the end of January, coming off of a mediocre 2014 campaign with the Rangers.

Cotts, a veteran of 10 seasons, has a career 3.96 ERA. He is carrying a significant platoon split this season, allowing an .847 OPS to right-handed hitters but only .576 to lefties.

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.