David Murphy retires

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He gave it the old college try, but David Murphy has announced his retirement from baseball.

This comes a day after he opted out of his contract with Minnesota, which itself came after the Twins sent Byron Buxton down to Rochester without purchasing Murphy’s contract. You don’t have to be an idiot to see that he wasn’t in the Twins’ plans and Murphy cannot be begrudged his decision to be with his family rather than riding busses in the bush leagues at age 34.

Presuming this truly is the end for Murphy, he played for four teams across 10 major league seasons. He spent most of his career with Texas, appearing in both the 2010 and 2011 World Series. In 3,467 major league at-bats, Murphy hit .274 with 104 HR, 472 RBI and 54 SB.

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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