Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones retires

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Jeff Jones, who’s been the Tigers’ pitching coach since mid-2011, announced his retirement today at age 59.

Jones and the Tigers’ pitching staff had tons of success early on in his tenure as Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Anibal Sanchez all thrived, but of late it’s been more of a struggle and this season Detroit allowed the most runs in the entire league.

Jones pitched five seasons in the majors as a reliever for the A’s, throwing 205 innings with a 3.95 ERA from 1980-1984. Prior to becoming the Tigers’ pitching coach he had several stints on Detroit’s staff as a bullpen coach.

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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