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Yankees designate Phil Coke for assignment

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Amid a flurry of roster moves, the Yankees have designated pitcher Phil Coke for assignment, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. The Yankees have promoted infielder Rob Refsnyder, pitcher Luis Cessa, and pitcher James Pazos. Pitchers Chad Green and Conor Mullee were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Coke, 33, gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks with one strikeout over six innings for the Yankees. The club acquired him from the Atlantic League in late April. Coke then pitched seven quality innings at Triple-A, earning him the promotion. It was Coke’s second stint with the Yankees.

The Yankees’ pitching staff has been a revolving door so far this year. Already, the club has used 19 different pitchers. Pazos will be number 20.

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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