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Cubs call up Addison Russell

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David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago reports that the Cubs are calling up Addison Russell today.

Russell completed his 40-game domestic violence and abuse suspension on May 2 and was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Down there, both in rehab games before the end of the suspension and in games following his activation and option Russell has an .824 OPS with three home runs and 13 RBI in 56 plate appearances.

The Cubs have said that they’d not give him back his position of shortstop and will choose to keep Javier Báez there. Russell will most likely play second base.

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.”