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Yankees sign reliever Adam Ottavino to three-year, $27 million deal

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Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the New York Yankees have signed free agent reliever Adam Ottavino. Robert Murray of The Athletic says the deal will be in the neighborhood of three years and $27 million. More precise details to come.

Ottavino, 33, is coming off of the strongest season in his career, saving six games and posting an ERA of 2.43 ERA while striking out 13 batters per nine innings across 77.2 innings of work in 75 games. He did that with half of his games coming in Coors Field, where he was dominant.

He will join Aroldis ChapmanZach Britton, Dellin Betances and Chad Green in another amazingly strong Yankees bullpen.

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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