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Video: Gregory Polanco’s 9-3 putout robs Keyvius Sampson of first hit, RBI

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Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco took away what would have been Reds starter Keyvius Sampson‘s first career hit and RBI when he fired a throw to first baseman Pedro Alvarez for a 9-3 putout in the second inning. The hit would have extended the Reds’ lead to 3-0 at the time.

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Polanco now has 13 outfield assists on the year, the second-most in the National League behind teammate Starling Marte‘s 15. Opposing right fielder Jay Bruce is third with 11.

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.”