And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Angels 5, Mariners 0; Rangers 6, Athletics 1: With their win and the A’s loss, the Angels clinch the AL West. Anaheim had to wait for the A’s game to end to know if they could celebrate — they watched in the clubhouse — but then they celebrated into the wee hours. They even let a few hundred fans back into the ballpark after the end of the A’s game.

The win came via C.J. Wilson’s seven one-hit innings and C.J. Cron’s three-run shot. The A’s loss came via an ugly ninth inning collapse in which Sean Doolittle allowed five runs in a mere third of an inning. Jesse Chavez allowed another. This after Jeff Samardzija shut out Texas for eight innings on ten strikeouts. It was a total meltdown which epitomized the entire second half meltdown for Oakland. They’re now tied with Kansas City for the wild card. Two ahead of Seattle. They may still make the playoffs, but do they really deserve it? They’ve totally hit rock bottom here.

No question about the Angels, though. They have taken and throttled the AL this year, especially since the break. They have a few bruises and sore parts here and there, but they have a week and a half or so to get that right. Then it’s on to bigger things, they hope.

Apologies for the abbreviated ATH this morning, but I have an early morning doctor appointment. While I’m there I’ll ask my doctor if she has any pamphlets on how to help choking victims and have them Fedexed to Bob Melvin.

Orioles 6, Blue Jays 1
Rockies 16, Dodgers 2
Yankees 3, Rays 2
Giants 4, Diamondbacks 2
Braves 3, Nationals 1
Royals 6, White Sox 2
Pirates 9, Red Sox 1
Twins 8, Tigers 4
Marlins 4, Mets 3
Indians 2, Astros 0
Cubs 3, Reds 1
Cardinals 2, Brewers 0
Phillies 5, Padres 2

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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