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Yankees, Tigers will play doubleheader on Sunday

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The Yankees and Tigers postponed Saturday’s game at Comerica Park due to inclement weather and will make it up with a split doubleheader on Sunday, per announcements from the teams on Saturday morning. The first game is scheduled to kick off at 1:10 PM ET, the second at 7:10 PM.

This is the fourth postponement of the year for the Tigers and the second for the Yankees. Provided the rain doesn’t let up, the two makeup games could be pushed back as far as mid-September, though no dates have been announced yet. Yankees right-hander Luis Severino and Tigers lefty Francisco Liriano will face off for Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader, while right-hander Luis Cessa will fill in for CC Sabathia in the evening against Detroit southpaw Matthew Boyd.

The Tigers are looking to snap a streak of bad luck; they went 2-5 in the last week and haven’t seen a win since Mike Fiers‘ 1-0 shutout against the White Sox last Sunday. The Yankees, on the other hand, are fighting to keep their heads above .500 after splitting their last six games 3-3. All told, they could be in a far worse predicament: the Twins have postponed their last two games against the White Sox at Target Field due to a snowstorm.

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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