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Jordan Zimmermann exited Sunday’s start with a strained groin

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Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann couldn’t make it out of the sixth inning of Sunday’s start against the Rays. Zimmermann left with a strained right groin, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports.

Zimmermann allowed two runs on five hits and no walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He appeared to finish a pitch awkwardly after allowing a single to Evan Longoria, so catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia signaled for the team trainer to come out. Drew VerHagen relieved Zimmermann in the sixth.

Losing Zimmermann for any amount of time will be a big deal for the Tigers. The right-hander has been the club’s best starter, entering Sunday’s action with a 2.45 ERA and a 37/11 K/BB ratio in 55 innings spanning eight starts.

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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