A-Rod went 0-for-2 against a pitching machine today. Chris Young struck out.

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The Yankees played an intrasquad game today. The fun part: instead of using an actual pitcher, they used a pitching machine. Even more fun: watching the folks who were at the game reporting on the results Yankees hitters had against the pitching machine:

Not great, of course. I mean, A-Rod is trying to win a job as a DH! How can he do that when he can’t hit a pitching machine! Oh, wait. Given that Chris Young’s success will, indirectly, help determine whether or not A-Rod will get a chance to DH against righties, I’d say he’ll be just fine:

Speaking of fine, you know Young will be fined by his teammates’ kangaroo court for whiffing against the machine.

In other news, in case my tone was unclear or misleading, this does not matter. At all. Regarding anything. Just remember that tomorrow when the usual New York suspects make a point to talk about A-Rod’s o-fer.

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.”