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Dean Chance: 1941-2015

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Dean Chance has passed away at the age of 74, according to Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead.

Chance made his MLB debut with the Angels in 1961 at age 20 and won the Cy Young Award in 1964 at age 23. He wrapped up an 11-year career in 1971 with an outstanding 2.92 career ERA in 2,147 1/3 total major league frames.

The right-hander was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame this past August. He’s pictured above, on the far left. That is Tim Salmon at the podium and Mike Witt in the other chair.

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.”