Royals release Bruce Chen

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The Royals have announced that the club has released pitcher Bruce Chen. Chen was designated for assignment one week ago, several days after an ugly relief appearance against the Twins in which he allowed six runs in one inning.

Chen, 37, spent roughly two months on the disabled list between April 24 and June 28 with a back injury. He posted miserable numbers split between seven starts and six relief appearances: a 2-4 record with a 7.45 ERA and a 36/16 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Though Chen pitched well in 2013, it would not be surprising if the lefty decided to call it a career.

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.”