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Red Sox release Pablo Sandoval

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Third baseman Pablo Sandoval is officially a free agent as the Red Sox released him on Wednesday, the team announced. Sandoval was designated for assignment on Friday.

The Red Sox signed Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million contract in November 2014. It couldn’t have gone worse for the Sox. Over parts of three seasons, Sandoval played in a total of 161 games, batting .237/.286/.360 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 620 plate appearances. He battled injuries and received criticism for showing up to camp last season overweight.

Sandoval is reportedly interested in reuniting with the Giants. Though the Red Sox are on the hook for the remainder of his contract, Sandoval isn’t likely to draw much interest from other teams given his recent performance, injury history, and reputation.

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.