Matt Garza would be open to reuniting with the Twins

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ESPN 1500 is reporting that free agent starter Matt Garza would be open to rejoining the Twins. According to the report, the Twins and Garza’s representatives from Creative Arts Agency met during the GM meetings in Orlando, though no official offer has been made yet. Garza was originally taken in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Twins and spent his first two seasons in the Majors, in 2006-07, with them before being sent to the then-Devil Rays.

Garza started the  2013 season with the Cubs, then went to the Rangers in a trade involving prospect Mike Olt on July 22. Overall, the 29-year-old finished with a 3.82 ERA in 155.1 innings over 24 starts.

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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