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Rays will call up Blake Snell on Thursday

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The Rays announced on Sunday that pitching prospect Blake Snell will be called up to start on Thursday against the Mariners. Matt Andriese will be moved to the bullpen as a result.

Snell made his major league debut earlier this season against the Yankees, throwing five innings of one-run ball. The 23-year-old has spent the vast majority of the season at Triple-A Durham, where he’s posted a 3.29 ERA with a 90/28 K/BB ratio over 63 innings.

Snell is considered the Rays’ best prospect and the 12th-best overall prospect by MLB Pipeline.

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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