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Dustin Pedroia activated, in lineup for Red Sox home opener

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After nearly a year in the wilderness, Dustin Pedroia is back. The Red Sox have activated their second baseman. He is hitting seventh and playing second base in today’s home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays

Pedroia appeared in only three games last year after having his left knee surgically repaired in Nov. 2017. He underwent a cleanup procedure on his left knee last July and that cost him the rest of the year. After seven spring training games, extended spring training in Fort Myers and then three games at A-ball where he went 3-for-9, the Red Sox have deemed him ready to go again.

Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez have covered second base in the first 11 games of the season, but Holt is on the injured list at the moment. For now they’ll want to rest Pedroia a lot, one assumes. Once Holt is back Alex Cora is going to have to figure something out. I imagine everyone is hoping that Pedroia returns to something close to his old form and makes his decision making much easier.

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.