Brian Bruney apologizes to K-Rod. He shouldn't have

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D.J. noted the Brian Bruney-Francisco Rodriguez dust-up yesterday. Seems like at least one of them want to make nice now:

Bruney said he had hoped to apologize for critical remarks he had made about Rodriguez on Saturday, but he never got the chance.

“He had some things he wanted to say and we’ll leave it at that.
Obviously, I probably shouldn’t have said what I said. I made that
mistake and I’ve learned from it. For me, it’s nothing personal with
Frankie. I’ve heard he’s a good dude. I’m sure he is. It really wasn’t
meant to be a personal attack. This is my apology to him.”

Bah. Bruney shouldn’t have apologized. Not necessarily because it was good
for him to call out Rodriguez like that (some things maybe are better
left unsaid), but because Rodriguez himself is on record saying he
doesn’t care what people say about his “tired act.” Here’s Rodriguez, after having his little celebration criticized by some White Sox players almost exactly a year ago:

I don’t care. Why would I care about that? I only care about my job.
I’m not changing it. I don’t care what people say. That’s my way.
People can say I’m arrogant, a (jerk), anything they want to say. But
me, I’m going to live my world. I don’t care what people think or say.”

I guess something happened since then to make him, you know, care.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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