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Andre Ethier announces retirement

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Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that former Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has announced his retirement. The Dodgers will honor him with a pregame ceremony before their August 3 match-up against the Astros.

Ethier, 36, has been a free agent since the Dodgers declined his 2018 option last November. He played in only 22 games for the Dodgers last year due to neck and back injuries, mustering a .757 OPS in 38 plate appearances. He went 4-for-13 in eight playoff games last year as well.

Ethier spent the entirety of his 12-year career with the Dodgers, hitting .285/.359/.463 with 162 home runs and 687 RBI in 5,425 plate appearances. For a six- year stretch between 2008-13, he was a remarkably consistent hitter, helping lead the Dodgers to the NLCS in back-to-back years in 2008-09 and again in ’13.

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.