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Roger Clemens and a team of retired major leaguers to compete in amateur tournament

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A team of ex-major leaguers — and at least one of their kids — is getting together to compete in an amateur baseball tournament. Roger Clemens (and son Kody Clemens), Josh Beckett, Tim Hudson, Jason Isringhausen, Roy Oswalt, Rick Ankiel, Carl Everett, J. D. Drew and Dan Uggla are joining team organizers Adam LaRoche and Nate Robertson on the “Kansas Stars” team in the upcoming National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas.

The tournament is normally for college-aged guys with marginal professional prospects. Indeed, the story about it in the New York Times notes that the ace of last year’s winner was recently released by an A-ball team. So, if the creaky bodies of the Kansas Stars’ players are able to withstand a two-week tournament, these old dudes will probably do pretty well, one assumes.

All that being said, I’m rooting for a team of marginal college-age amateurs to beat the snot of ’em.

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.