A’s acquire Brad Mills from Brewers

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In a swap of a Triple-A pitcher for cash considerations the A’s have acquired left-hander Brad Mills from the Brewers.

Mills is 29 years old and far from a prospect, posting an ugly 7.76 ERA in 53 innings as a big leaguer. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and was never particularly promising, but Mills does have a 1.56 ERA and 77/18 K/BB ratio in 75 innings at Triple-A this season.

It’s possible that Oakland just needed some organizational starting pitching depth, but it’s also possible they think Mills has made a few adjustments and could help them later this season as a low-cost pickup.

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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