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Astros to make decision about playing at Minute Maid Park on Monday

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Hurricane Harvey has devastated eastern Texas, including the city of Houston. As a result, the Astros’ six-game homestand against the Rangers and Mets — which starts on Tuesday — could be in jeopardy.

Per Mark Berman of Fox 26, the Astros are flying to Dallas. The club will make a decision about the homestand on Monday. Reid Ryan, Astros president of baseball operations, said, “At this point, our focus is on the safety of our fans, our players and their families. As we continue to monitor the conditions, we have been in communication with Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers and will provide an update on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone dealing with the effects of this terrible storm. We want everyone to be safe.”

One game could be rescheduled, but rescheduling two or more games would create a logical issue. One possibility is for the three-game series with the Rangers to be held at Globe Life Park with the Astros as the “home” team.

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.