The Dodgers are interested in Joaquin Benoit

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This would make a lot of sense for the Dodgers:

Why San Diego would balk at that I have no idea. They are not poised to be competitive with L.A. any time soon so that whole “in the division” thing wouldn’t figure to be much of an issue. Also worth noting that the Padres’ current GM-by-committee and the shelf life of relief pitchers means that no one would be likely to live long in their current positions if such a trade were to happen.

Or, perhaps, it’s just leverage by the Padres to try to get the Dodgers to overpay.

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.”