Indians interested in Chris Carter and Pedro Alvarez

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Yesterday’s non-tenders included a pair of relative big names with huge power in Chris Carter of the Astros and Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates, and now that they’re both free agents Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are interested in signing them.

They bat from different sides of the plate and Alvarez has slightly more defensive versatility in that he’s played third base (very poorly), but beyond that Carter and Alvarez profile similarly as low-average, high-strikeout power hitters.

Hoynes notes that the Indians haven’t used a full-time designated hitter for several years, but could offer everyday playing time to Carter or Alvarez without exposing them to the field. In other words: Just hit and add some pop to Cleveland’s lineup.

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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