Video: Hideki Matsui hits a monster homer in the Yankees Old Timers Game

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Hideki Matsui doesn’t seem like an old timer. His last season was 2012 but it sort of feels like yesterday. Indeed, a lot about his career feels time warpy in certain respects. His last season as a Yankee was 2009 but it feels like he never played anywhere else. His wanderings through Anaheim, Oakland and Tampa Bay feel distinctly non-canon. He was one of the more beloved Yankees of the past 10-15 years or so, so it’s hard to picture him with anyone else even though we know he did.

I guess, by baseball standards, he’s an old timer. He’s younger than Bartolo Colon and Ichiro. He’s only a month and a half older 13 and a half months older than A-Rod. But thats still old. And yesterday he played in the Yankees Old Timers Game. He took fellow Old Timer David Cone deep to right field:

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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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