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Yankees plan to meet with Manny Machado

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LAS VEGAS — Jon Heyman says that the Yankees plan to meet with free agent Manny Machado.

I know the Yankees have talked a frugal game so far this offseason, but they seem to make too much sense for one another for them to not at least talk. New York will need a shortstop for a good chunk of the season and they will need a third baseman longer term. Machado fits both of those bills and, even if he wants to play short, the money will ultimately talk and the Yankees have a load of it.

The Phillies and the White Sox of all teams have expressed the most interest in making the big splash signing Machado would occasion, but there is no team more capable of making a bigger splash than the Yankees. Let’s see if they jump into the water.

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.