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Zack Greinke to throw a bullpen session ahead of Monday’s start

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Zack Greinke will throw a bullpen session on Friday. Assuming all goes well, the right-hander will be on track to start on Monday in San Francisco against the Giants, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. He would also make one more start before the end of the regular season, at home against the Padres.

Greinke has missed what would have amounted to two starts due to a sore calf. He remains the favorite for the National League Cy Young Award, though Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta has closed some serious distance. Greinke leads the majors with a 1.65 ERA, an .857 winning percentage (18-3), and a 0.848 WHIP. He also has a sterling 185/36 K/BB ratio over 207 2/3 innings.

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.