MLB reduces Will Smith’s “foreign substance” suspension

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Brewers reliever Will Smith appealed his eight-game suspension for having a “foreign substance” on his arm during a May 21 appearance and MLB has now reduced it to six games.

Smith will begin serving the suspension tonight, leaving Milwaukee without a left-hander who has a 1.83 ERA and 29/8 K/BB ratio in 20 innings this season.

There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of rhyme or reason to when pitchers get in trouble for a “foreign substance” or the length of the suspensions handed out, so it’s possible MLB will address the topic this offseason.

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.”