Chris Sale strikes out 13 batters in minor league game

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As noted by CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes, White Sox left-hander Chris Sale struck out 13 batters over six-plus innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a game against a group of Reds minor leaguers. Sale yielded no walks and just two hits — one of them a solo shot by former second-round draft pick Taylor Sparks.

Sale suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot in late February and hasn’t pitched in a Cactus League game this spring, but he’s been able to catch up rather quickly with throwing sessions on the side.

Sale is expected to make his 2015 regular-season debut on April 12 at home against the Twins. He finished third in the American League Cy Young voting last year after posting a 2.17 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 208 strikeouts across 174 innings.

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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