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Red Sox option Rusney Castillo to Triple-A


The Red Sox have optioned outfielder Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket, per NESN’s Tom Caron. Castillo started only one game this season, going 2-for-4 with a double against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

However, Castillo had a rough spring, hitting .183, forcing the Red Sox to open the season with a platoon of Brock Holt and Chris Young in left field. That came after a rough 2015 season in which Castillo hit .253/.288/.359 with five home runs and 29 RBI in 289 plate appearances.

The Red Sox inked Castillo, from Cuba, to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract in August 2014. His contract is one of several which have yet to pan out favorably for the Red Sox.

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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