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Rangers claim Renato Nunez off waivers from Athletics

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Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake announced on Sunday that the club claimed IF/OF Renato Nunez off waivers from the Athletics. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rangers transferred pitcher Tim Lincecum to the 60-day disabled list. The Rangers will make room for Nunez on the 25-man roster when he reports on Monday.

Nunez, 24, provides some versatility as he has played first base and left field along with his main position at third base. Last season, with Triple-A Nashville, Nunez hit .249/.319/.518 with 32 home runs and 78 RBI in 533 plate appearances. To start the 2018 season, he’s hitting .360 in 27 PA with Nashville.

The Rangers have been dealing with some injuries, so Nunez could end getting some regular playing time.

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.”