Tyler Clippard, Alfredo Simon, and Tim Hudson added to National League All-Star roster

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Some late substitutions here for the National League All-Star roster …

Tyler Clippard owns a 2.03 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 40 innings this season. He’s replacing Jordan Zimmermann — who has a biceps strain — as the Nationals’ only participant in the All-Star Game.

Tim Hudson boasts an outstanding 2.83 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 18 starts this season at age 38. He is replacing Madison Bumgarner, who became ineligible to pitch in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game when he was named the Giants’ starter for Sunday afternoon’s first-half finale against the Diamondbacks.

Alfredo Simon finished his first half with a 12-3 record, 2.70 ERA, and 1.05 WHIP in 18 starts for the Reds after spending much of his career as a reliever. He’s filling in for Johnny Cueto, who started Sunday.

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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