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Yankees fan ejected for tipping pitch locations to Gary Sanchez

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A weird scene unfolded in Yankee Stadium last night during the Rays-Yankees game. Home plate umpire Dan Bellino had a fan who was sitting behind home plate ejected for tipping pitch locations.

On two straight pitches to Gary Sanchez, after the fan yelled “outside! outside!” in Spanish, in an effort to tip Sanchez as to where Rays catcher Wilson Ramos was setting up. Bellino had an usher eject the fan after the second instance. For what it’s worth, Ramos said after the game that, yeah, he was setting up for an outside pitch. Also for what it’s worth, Sanchez hit an RBI single after the incident was over.

Everyone involved said afterward that it was bizarre but that the umpires handled the situation properly. As for the ejection, Joe Girardi said, “Rightfully so. That shouldn’t happen.” Rays manager Kevin Cash said¬†“The Yankees handled it really well and got him out of there.”

Girardi said he’s heard fans do that on the road before, but not often. It’s a totally new one to me.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.