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Edwin Jackson pitches for 14th team, sets new record

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Edwin Jackson made his Blue Jays debut on Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco, four days after the club acquired him from the Athletics. In doing so, he suited up for his 14th different major league team, setting a new record.

Jackson had previously been tied with reliever Octavio Dotel, having pitched for 13 different teams each. Jackson was selected by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. He would go on to pitch for the Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals, Nationals, Cubs, Braves, Marlins, Padres, and Orioles before joining the A’s last year.

Jackson, 35, hadn’t pitched in the majors this year, but made a start with High-A Stockton and two with Triple-A Las Vegas in the Athletics’ organization prior to the trade. He was quite good for the A’s last year, though, posting a 3.33 ERA in 92 innings spanning 17 starts. The rebuilding Blue Jays don’t necessarily care whether or not Jackson can revisit that success; they’re more interested in his ability to soak up innings throughout the year.

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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