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Kenta Maeda exits start against Phillies with strained hip

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Update: Maeda left with a strained right hip, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.

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Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda couldn’t make it out of the second inning of Tuesday’s start against the Phillies, leaving with an apparent injury. Maeda served up a solo home run to Nick Williams, then was visited on the mound by the team trainer and manager Dave Roberts. Maeda initially stayed in the game, facing three more batters and recording two outs. Maeda was again visited on the mound by the trainer and Roberts, but this time he was pulled from the game.

Scott Alexander relieved Maeda, giving up a walk, an infield single, then a two-run single. One of the runs was charged to Maeda, whose final line read: 1 2/3 innings, three hits, two runs, one walk, two strikeouts. He now has a 3.61 ERA on the season.

It is not yet clear what was ailing Maeda, but the Dodgers should provide an update during the game.

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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