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MLB is auctioning a “game used” Zach Britton playoff jersey

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This is some master level trolling: MLB Auctions is selling off a “game used” Zach Britton playoff jersey.

Britton, of course, quite famously did not get into the Orioles’ only playoff game. If he had, there’s a chance that the O’s would still be playing. I assume MLB Auctions’ definition of “game used” means “worn during a game by an active player” but given the instant infamy of Britton’s lack of actual game action, this is all rather chuckle worthy. Maybe they should say “gently” used instead of “game used.”

If any of you guys have some extra money sitting around and want to buy this, send it to me and I will personally present it to Buck Showalter at the Winter Meetings in December.

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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.”