David DeJesus is batting cleanup for the first time

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David DeJesus has compiled 5,164 plate appearances over his 11-year career, but tonight will mark the first time he will bat clean-up as a starting player. He hit clean-up once before, on April 29, 2004 when he replaced Matt Stairs — and struck out — in the ninth inning of a 9-7 loss to the Rangers.

DeJesus has hit six home runs and compiled a .434 slugging percentage thus far in 2013, but it doesn’t make him the unlikeliest clean-up hitter of the year. That honor belongs to Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco, currently sitting on one homer and a .301 slugging percentage. He has taken 26 plate appearances out of the #4 spot over six starts in April.

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.”