Video: Bryce Harper ties for MLB lead in homers, Nelson Cruz quickly unties (again)

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On May 19, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit his 15th home run of the season off of Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi in the first inning, moving into a tie with Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz for the major league lead. Cruz, however, retook the MLB lead in home runs, blasting number 16 in the third inning off of Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez not too long after.

It happened again on Friday night. Bryce Harper tied Cruz for the MLB lead when he ripped an opposite-field blast off of Phillies starter Sean O’Sullivan in the second inning. About an hour later, Cruz hit a solo shot off of Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada in the sixth inning, taking the MLB lead again at 17.

Harper’s blast:

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Cruz’s blast can be seen here.

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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