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Brad Ausmus wants Jake Marisnick suspended for hit on Jonathan Lucroy

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Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick lowered his shoulder and ran into Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy on a play at the plate in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon in Houston. The Astros had the bases loaded with one out in a 10-10 game when George Springer hit a fly ball to right field. Kole Calhoun caught the ball, then made the throw home, drawing Lucroy into the third base line.

Marisnick was initially credited with scoring the go-ahead run, but replay review caused the ruling to be overturned so the score remained tied at 10-10. The Astros would go on to win 11-10 in 10 innings.

Lucroy was quite shaken up after the collision. A concerned Marisnick hung around home plate while trainers tended to the Angels’ backstop. Lucroy was carted off the field. The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya reports that Lucroy was taken to a nearby hospital for a CT scan and will be evaluated for both a concussion and a broken nose.

Angels manager Brad Ausmus, a former catcher himself, said he hopes the league takes a look at the collision and considers potentially suspending Marisnick, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Ausmus is right — Marisnick could’ve gone towards the back of the plate rather than going into Lucroy, who clearly gave Marisnick a clear lane. The collision was completely unnecessary and quite dangerous. Fingers crossed that Lucroy wasn’t hurt too bad, but it looked painful.

Update: Marisnick tweeted after the game, “Through my eyes I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for @JLucroy20.”

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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