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Craig Kimbrel nearly hit by beer can as he leaves bullpen

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Craig Kimbrel dodged bullets last night as he, just barely, closed out the Red Sox’ ALDS victory over the Yankees in New York. Before he did that, however, he had to dodge a beer can, hurled by a fan in the stands.

The fan threw the beer can toward Kimbrel just as he was heading out of the bullpen toward the field. As you can see based on how the thing lands, it appears to be close to full too, which could’ve done some serious damage if it had actually hit the Red Sox closer:

This is not the first Yankees fan who decided that beer was a weapon in the past week or so. I don’t think that Kimbrel is about to go out for drinks and dancing with that guy, however.

What in the heck is wrong with people? My god.

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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