Torii Hunter won’t retire if he has a good 2015 season

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Twins outfielder Torii Hunter considered retiring after the Tigers — then his team — were knocked out of the ALDS by the Orioles. He ended up signing with the Twins, the team that took him in the first round of the 1993 draft, on a one-year, $10.5 million deal.

Hunter, 39, told MLB Network Radio that if he has a productive 2015, he won’t retire at the end of the season. He was still productive last season, finishing the regular season with a .286/.319/.446 slash line along with 17 home runs and 83 RBI. That was pretty close to his .304/.334/.465, 17 HR, and 84 RBI in 2013. Offensively, he isn’t in an obvious decline. Defense is another matter, though, as he’s no longer the nine-time Gold Glove winner. If he’s to play at age 40 and beyond, it should probably be as a DH.

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.”