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J.A. Happ would “definitely”, “absolutely” consider returning to the Pirates


J.A. Happ is a free agent, but the left-hander said he would be open to donning a Pirates uniform again in 2016. “It’s a team I would definitely consider, absolutely,” Happ said, via Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Happ thrived under pitching coach Ray Searage when the Pirates acquired him in a trade with the Mariners at the July 31 deadline. In 11 starts, he posted a 1.85 ERA with a 69/13 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings. Happ has a career 4.13 ERA over parts of nine seasons in the majors.

As Travis Sawchik of the Tribune-Review reported back in August, Searage altered Happ’s delivery which previously had too much rotational movement and caused him to lower his arm slot.

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.