The Brewers hire Darnell Coles as their hitting instructor

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The Brewers fired Johnny Narron as their hitting coach a couple of weeks ago. Now they have a replacement: Darnell Coles.

Coles has been in the Brewers organization in the past, having managed their Huntsville team in 2012 and 2013. He was slated to move up to the Triple-A team in Nashville, but the Tigers offered him an assistant hitting coach position at the major league level. There were obviously no hard feelings from the Brewers — maybe they acknowledged that a big league coach’s gig is better than a minor league manager’s gig from a hotel and per diem perspective — so now he’s got their job.

The Brewers offense fell off a cliff at the end of 2014, taking with it their playoff hopes. Now Coles’ job is to bring a bit more consistency to the mix.

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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