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Shane Carle ejected for throwing at Rhys Hoskins after Bryce Harper homered

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper hit his second home run with his new team, a solo shot in the seventh inning Sunday night against the Braves. Reliever Shane Carle surrendered the blast to the superstar. After throwing a first-pitch fastball in the center of the strike zone to the next batter, Rhys Hoskins, Carle threw another fastball up and in. Hoskins was none too happy about that. Home plate umpire Rob Drake immediately ejected Carle. Catcher Brian McCann argued with Drake for a while, but the decision stood. Luke Jackson came in to relieve Carle.

It was a quick hook by Drake. Carle wasn’t trying to hit Hoskins, especially since the first pitch was basically down the middle. But Harper is one of baseball’s few golden boys and pitchers have been known to retaliate to home runs by throwing chin music to the next batter. The impulse to protect players was good, even if the execution turned out to be wrong.

The Phillies appear to be on their way to a season-opening series sweep against the Braves. The score is 5-1 heading into the top of the eighth as this post goes live.

David Price has opted out of the 2020 season

David Price opts out of season
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David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.

Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.