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Angels claim Brian Goodwin off waivers from Royals

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The Angels announced on Wednesday the club has claimed outfielder Brian Goodwin off waivers from the Royals. The Royals released Goodwin on Monday. The Angels designated pitcher Jesus Castillo for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Goodwin, 28, has a career .769 OPS in 502 plate appearances spread out across three seasons in the big leagues. He had a tough spring, however, batting .116 in 43 at-bats.

The Angels will be without Justin Upton to start the season due to turf toe, so Goodwin will provide some outfield depth.

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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