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Baltimore bar offering free shots whenever Chris Davis gets a hit

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Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is in the midst of one of the worst seasons of all-time. He’s batting .150/.227/.227 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 229 plate appearances. In the post-integration era (post-1946), the only player who qualified for the batting title and finished with an OPS under .500 is Hal Lanier, who had a .461 OPS for the 1968 Giants and a .494 for the ’67 Giants. The 19-47 last-place Orioles don’t seem to have any impetus to cut Davis’ playing time, either.

To help cope with the pain, a Baltimore bar is offering free shots whenever Davis gets a hit, Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun reports. The bar is called Bartenders Pub, located at 2218 Boston Street. The shot is called a Dr. Pepper shooter, which is a mix of amaretto and Miller High Life beer in Pony bottles.

Dana Coker, one of the owners of the bar, said, “Baseball season for us is big business. With the team not doing so well, it’s affected our business. We just can’t seem to do any specials that encourage people to come to the bar and watch baseball with us.” Coker added, “We’re just trying to give people a reason to come out and watch the games again.”

Davis, 32, is under contract with the Orioles through 2022, earning $23 million per season. Davis inked the seven-year deal after a tremendous 2015 campaign during which he led the majors with 47 home runs. He had 38 home runs and a respectable .792 OPS in 2016 before his production began to fall off. It remains to be seen how the Orioles will handle his playing time next season and beyond.

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.”