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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights


Obviously the big story of yesterday was that melee in Texas. We had it all covered here, here, here and here. A few minutes ago I wrote a big WHAT YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT THE BAUTISTA-ODOR FIGHT post, because that’s just how I roll. I’ll say that it also took a lot of my morning mojo to do it. Between that and the fact that Bill had Sunday covered like a champ last night. I’m just throwing the scores out here and you can talk about it amongst yourselves. Here are the scores.

Yankees 7, White Sox 5
Twins 5, Indians 1
Athletics 7, Rays 6
Tigers 6, Orioles 5
Red Sox 10, Astros 9
Marlins 5, Nationals 1
Reds 9, Phillies 4
Brewers 3, Padres 2
Royals 4, Braves 2 — note: if you’re gonna lose in dramatic fashion, Atlanta, please do it nine innings from now on; the seven of us who still root for you have stuff to do on Sunday afternoons.
Pirates 2, Cubs 1
Rangers 7, Blue Jays 6
Angels 3, Mariners 0
Rockies 4, Mets 3
Giants 2, Diamondbacks 1
Cardinals 5, Dodgers 2


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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