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Josh Donaldson gets a 1game suspension for comments to Tim Anderson

- — LaMond Pope, Chicago Tribune

NEW YORK — New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson received a one-game suspension and undisclose­d fine Monday for what Major League Baseball described as “inappropri­ate comments” made to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson during Saturday’s game at Yankee Stadium.

“There is no dispute over what was said on the field,” Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president for on-field operations, said in a statement. “Regardless of Mr. Donaldson’s intent, the comment he directed toward Mr. Anderson was disrespect­ful and in poor judgment, particular­ly when viewed in the context of their prior interactio­ns.

“In addition, Mr. Donaldson’s remark was a contributi­ng factor in a benchclear­ing incident between the teams and warrants discipline.” Donaldson has elected to appeal. Donaldson was running between second and third base after Isiah KinerFalef­a’s flyout to right ended the third inning when Anderson said Donaldson “made a disrespect­ful comment.”

“Basically tried to call me Jackie Robinson: ‘What’s up, Jackie?’” Anderson said Saturday. “He made the comment and it was disrespect­ful and I don’t think it was called for. It was unnecessar­y.”

Donaldson and Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal exchanged words before Donaldson’s fifth-inning at-bat, and the benches cleared.

Donaldson admitted after the game, “I called him Jackie,” later adding: “I thought that was a joke between him and I because we have talked about it before . ... He’s called himself Jackie Robinson. That’s why I thought it was funny between us.”

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