Travis Snider re-signs with the Pirates after being released by the Orioles

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Corner outfielder/first baseman Travis Snider, who played last season in Pittsburgh, has reunited with the Pirates after being released by the Orioles last week. Chris Cotillo of SBNation had the news first.

Snider hit just .237 with three homers and a .659 OPS in 69 games for the Orioles, but spent part of three seasons with the Pirates and posted a solid .776 OPS in a part-time role last year.

He’ll report to Triple-A for now, could figures to be a September call-up as a left-handed bench bat. Baltimore is paying him $2.1 million.

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.”