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Joe Simpson apologized to Chase Utley for comments about his batting practice attire


In the event that you do the extraordinarily sensible thing and take the weekend off of the Internet, you may have missed the hubub from Saturday night during the Fox Sports South broadcast of the Dodgers-Braves game.

The short version: Braves announcer Joe Simpson saw some Dodgers players, particularly Chase Utley, taking batting practice in t-shirts and short pants and went on a rant about their alleged lack of professionalism and how they didn’t respect the game and all of that kind of jazz. It was embarrassing to say the least. For Simpson, obviously. Just the worst in old man back-in-my-day-ism.

Yesterday, it seems, Simpson apologized:

A public rant that went out to thousands upon thousands of viewers followed by a private apology to an audience of one is not exactly an exercise in balance, but I suppose we’ll take what we can get in this age of non-apologies.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.