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Brad Boxberger named Diamondbacks’ closer

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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said on Tuesday that Brad Boxberger will be his team’s closer, Nick Piecoro of azcentral Sports reports.

Archie Bradley was believed to be in the running for the closer’s role along with Yoshihisa Hirano, but he’ll be used in the same role as last year. Lovullo said, “Archie’s versatility, being able to have him for two, three, four or five (outs), at any time, was very important to the success of this team last year and we wanted that to continue.”

Boxberger, 29, made his season debut at the end of June last year with the Rays due to lat and forearm issues. He finished with a 3.38 ERA and a 40/11 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings. In his only season as a full-time closer in 2015, Boxberger was an All-Star, saving 41 games with a 3.71 ERA.

Bradley, 25, impressed last season in his first stint as a full-time reliever. He had a 1.73 ERA with a 79/21 K/BB ratio in 73 innings.

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.