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NL East: Phillies fan urged to leave game after confrontation with umpire

NL East: Phillies fan urged to leave game after confrontation with umpire

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Hey leather lung, yer out!

An unruly fan attending Tuesday night's game between the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies was escorted from his seat in the sixth inning shortly after a verbal confrontation with an umpire.

Plate ump Bob Davidson stopped the game, walked toward where the fan was sitting and had words with him after the man was yelling loudly in Davidson's direction. The fan was sitting 15 rows from the field behind the visitors' dugout.

Davidson said the fan heckled him for two straight batters, but he halted the game with the next hitter up when Davidson felt the fan made a sexual reference and used foul language.

"You could have your wife, girlfriend, kids; they buy tickets," Davidson told a pool reporter. "They don't have to come here and listen to that."

Shortly after the spat, a Phillies usher approached the fan, who quieted down. A short time later, another Phillies employee approached the man and escorted him out of his seat.

A Phillies spokesperson said during the game that Davidson complained to team security about the fan's language and, when approached, the fan agreed to leave on his own.

Davidson, though, said afterward he asked to have the fan ejected.

"I didn't know why security just doesn't do that on their own," Davidson said. "There were kids there and young girls there."

Davidson said his actions drew applause from fans -- something he rarely hears in Philadelphia.

"And people cheered me, which is unusual in this town for me," he said.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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