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Josh Harrison’s Little League home run helps Pirates walk off winners

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Josh Harrison may not be playing at the All-Star-caliber level he played at in 2014, but he can still be plenty exciting at times. He showed that on Tuesday night, when he helped the Pirates walk off 3-2 winners against the Brewers.

Harrison drilled a 0-1 fastball from Tyler Thornburg to right-center field. Center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis tracked it down but couldn’t corral it. Harrison raced for third base as the relay throw came in to second baseman Scooter Gennett. Gennett fired to third baseman Hernan Perez, but the throw skipped away, leaving the field of play. Harrison was awarded home plate, with the official scoring being a triple and a one-base error. In colloquial parlance, that’s a Little League home run.

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The triple was Harrison’s only hit in four at-bats on the evening. He’s batting .270/.299/.373 with 22 extra-base hits, 41 RBI, 35 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 339 plate appearances.

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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