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Report: Giants meeting with representatives of Aroldis Chapman

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Giants are meeting with representatives of free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman.

The Giants’ bullpen woes are well-documented, as the club led the majors with 30 blown saves. Relief pitching continued to be a problem in the postseason as the Giants’ bullpen relinquished key runs late in Games 3 and 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs.

Chapman, 28, would be a big-time upgrade for the Giants’ bullpen. The four-time All-Star finished the 2016 season, split between the Yankees and Cubs, with an overall 1.55 ERA and a 90/18 K/BB ratio over 58 innings.

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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