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Twins trade Brian Dozier to the Dodgers

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Brian Dozier from the Twins. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN confirmed the deal following multiple reports of it as it was going down. No word yet on the return back to Minnesota.

Given that the Dodgers already have a number of infielders it’s possible that Logan Forsythe could be headed to the Twins, as Ken Rosenthal speculates. As it is, he’s seeing little playing time. Dozier, of course, provides a clear upgrade over both Forsyth and the soon-to-retire Chase Utley. UPDATE: Yep, it is confirmed that the Twins will receive Forsythe, right-hander Devin Smeltzer, and outfielder Luke Raley.

Dozier is hitting .224/.305/.402 with 16 homers on the year. That’s a considerable falloff from what he’s done over the past several seasons, but perhaps a change of scenery will snap him back into form. And, as said, he’s a better option for the Dodgers than what they have now even if he stays his current course.

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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