Pham said Saturday there was some “sketchy” stuff going on with the fantasy league, and Pederson also made “disrespectful” comments about his former team, the San Diego Padres.

“We had too much money on the line, so I look at it like there’s a code,” Pham said.

“I was in second place when I dropped out of that league,” he continued. “There was a lot of money on the line. I’m a big dog in Vegas. I’m a high roller at many casinos. You can look at my credit line. We were playing big money. . . . I looked at it like he was [messing] with my money along with the disrespect.”

The “disrespect,” Pederson said Saturday, came from an animation he sent in a group chat of three weightlifters with Giants, Dodgers, and Padres logos over them. The one with the Padres logo fell over, to which Pham responded, “Joc I don’t know you well enough to make any jokes like this.”

Pederson said he knew other Padres in the league better, and responded that “it was meant to be all fun and games. No hard feelings. Sorry if you took it that way.”

Pederson said after Friday night’s game that he was accused of cheating for placing a player ruled out for that week on injured reserve and replacing him with a free agent. Pederson said it was a legal move, and one Pham had executed with his own team.

Pederson said he had no advance notice that Pham might confront him.

“There was no argument. He kind of came up and said, ‘You remember from last year?’ and I said, ‘Fantasy football?’” Pederson recalled.

Reds manager David Bell said he talked to Pham about what happened, but declined to share what he said.

Fellow managers stand with Gabe Kapler’s refusal to

Several of Gabe Kapler’s fellow managers are offering their support for his decision to avoid the field during the national anthem as a protest following the school shootings in Uvalde, Texas.

Kapler, manager of the San Francisco Giants, said Friday he doesn’t plan to be on the field for the anthem “until I feel better about the direction of our country. I don’t expect it to move the needle necessarily. It’s just something that I feel strongly enough about to take that step.”

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Kapler’s action was “brave.”

“I think we’re all frustrated, especially in this country,” Woodward said. “Nobody’s happy. It’s not about which side you’re on. It’s just we’ve got to get better as a society. … I’m not going to really make comment either way on whether I would or wouldn’t do what he did.”

New York Mets manager Buck Showalter also said he respected “how Gabe feels and the way he’s going about it.” Asked about Kapler, Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi responded: “That’s Gabe’s decision.”

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo called Kapler “a humanitarian,” and that he was “very supportive of what Gabe is doing.” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who played with Kapler on Boston’s 2004 champions, said he “is very passionate about things he believes in and that’s his way of protesting. . . . I don’t think any of us are happy with what’s going on in our country. I do respect people using whatever platforms they have to address that.”

Kluber, Rays outduel Yanks

Corey Kluber and Gerrit Cole dueled evenly for six impressive innings before the Tampa Bay Rays scored a pair of late runs to beat the Yankees, 3-1, ending New York’s four-game winning streak.

Yandy Diaz had a tiebreaking infield single in the seventh, and Manuel Margot extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an RBI single in the eighth.

Kluber allowed one run and three hits. Cole struck out 10, giving up one run and two hits.

J.P. Feyereisen (4-0) got the win his 19th straight scoreless relief appearance. Colin Poche pitched the ninth for his second save in two tries.

Anthony Rizzo hit a sacrifice fly for New York in the first. Lucas Luetge (1-2) got the loss.

DeGrom upbeat about shoulder blade

Mets ace Jacob deGrom says his injured right shoulder blade feels “completely normal,” and he’s waiting for New York’s medical staff to clear him to resume throwing off a mound. DeGrom has been sidelined since late in spring training with a stress reaction in his scapula. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner played catch Friday out to 135 feet, but he’s still not sure when he’ll throw his first bullpen or be ready for game action. “Do we push it? Do we not?” he said Saturday prior to New York’s 8-2 win over Philadelphia. “That’ll be the discussion over the next few days, and when we get on the mound, what is the safest way to go about this?” . . . Angels catcher Kurt Suzuki left LA’s game prior to the third inning after taking a bounced warm up pitch off the vicinity of his neck. Staff and players needed to assist the catcher into the clubhouse, with him appearing to pass out while on the dugout steps . . . Before that game, Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon was placed on the 10-day injured list due to right wrist inflammation. It is the 31-year-old’s fourth stint on the IL in two seasons. He missed 96 games due to various injuries last year, including the final 76 due to a left hamstring strain he suffered in early July . . . Mookie Betts with his 14th homer of the season, Justin Turner added four hits, and the Dodgers beat Arizona, 3-2. It was Betts’ sixth long ball over the past eight games. The five-time All-Star has been the catalyst for the Dodgers, who have a 27-5 record when he scores a run. The 29-year-old is in the midst of an MVP-caliber stretch, batting .341 (46 for 135) with 14 homers and 29 RBIs since April 19 . . . The White Sox designated lefthander Dallas Keuchel for assignment. He is 2-5 with a 7.88 ERA in eight starts this year, and was tagged for six runs and seven hits in two innings in Thursday’s 16-7 loss to the Red Sox. The 34-year-old was in the last year of a $55.5 million, three-year contract he signed with Chicago in December 2019 . . . Atlanta, looking to upgrade its outfield defense, called up top prospect Michael Harris from Double A and he went 1 for 3 in a 4-1 loss to Miami as the center fielder. The 21-year-old from metro Atlanta played at Class A Rome in 2021 and has never played at the Triple-A level . . . Kansas City rookie Bobby Witt Jr. delivered three more doubles for his second straight three-hit game and the Royals beat the Twins, 7-3, in Minneapolis. Of Witt’s 41 hits, 22 have been for extra bases, including a team-best 13 doubles . . . Nolan Gorman had four hits, including his first major league homer, and Matthew Liberatore, the St. Louis minor league player of the year last season, earned his first major league win, helping the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-3.