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Video: Josh Donaldson hits mammoth homer in Philly


Josh Donaldson destroyed this Aaron Nola pitch in the first inning Tuesday in Philadelphia …

That was the 32nd home run, 88th RBI, and 87th run scored of the 2015 season for Donaldson.

Nori Aoki expected to return from concussion on Thursday

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Some positive news for the Giants’ battered outfield from CSNBayArea.com’s Alex Pavlovic

Aoki was struck on the front of his batting helmet last Sunday by a Jake Arrieta pitch. He tried to return to action a few days later against the Astros but had to exit that game after experiencing lightheadedness.

The 33-year-old has been an important presence at the top of the Giants’ lineup this season, batting .302 with a .368 on-base percentage across 338 plate appearances. Aoki signed a one-year, $4.7 million free agent contract with San Francisco over the winter. That deal carries a $5.5 million club option for 2016.

Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson diagnosed with strained right forearm muscle


From MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon comes word that Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Louisville with a right forearm strain. It’s presumably going to be a season-ending injury for the 22-year-old right-hander.

Stephenson, the 27th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of a California high school, had registered a 3.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 131/64 K/BB ratio through 120 1/3 innings this season between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville.

He could be in the running for a rotation spot next spring in Reds camp if his health cooperates.

Forearm strains can sometimes be a precursor to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.