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Adrian Beltre reaggravates hamstring, exits game

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre exited Sunday’s game against the Astros after fielding a Max Stassi ground ball in the bottom of the seventh inning. He reaggravated his hamstring, per Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake. Rougned Odor entered the game to play second base and Isiah Kiner-Falefa moved from second to third base. Beltre had a single and a walk in three trips to the plate before leaving.

Beltre, 39, came off the disabled list last week after missing two weeks with a strained left hamstring. Including Sunday’s performance, he’s hitting .314/.375/.422 with a home run, 12 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 120 plate appearances on the season.

More bad news for the last-place Rangers, as the club will drop to 16-26 following a probable loss to the Astros on Sunday — the Astros lead 6-1 in the bottom of the eighth as of this writing. The Rangers should pass along more information about Beltre’s status after the game.

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.