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Alejandro De Aza unhappy with how Toronto's Josh Donaldson blocked third base Wednesday

Blue Jays third basemen Josh Donaldson tags out Baltimore Alejandro De Aza as he attempts to steal third base during the seventh inning.

Toronto — A day after he was thrown out attempting to steal third in the seventh inning of the Orioles' 4-2 loss Wednesday to the Toronto Blue Jays, Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza said he wished he could have the play back, especially with two outs and first baseman Chris Davis at the plate.

But De Aza also contended that the way Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson blocked the bag on the play — he used his left leg to prevent De Aza from reaching the base — was dangerous.

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"He blocked it. I'm not saying it was bad, but he shouldn't block like that, because he can hurt somebody," De Aza said. "Somebody can get hurt like that. Thank God I didn't jam anything, but something bad could happen there."

De Aza slid into the bag headfirst, reaching for the outside corner of the base with his left hand. Even with that, the two players made contact on the play. De Aza said he believes he would have gotten hurt had he reached for more of the bag.

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"I wish I had it back," De Aza said. "I thought I had the bag. If he didn't block me the way he blocked me, I would have gotten there, but unfortunately, I didn't. From my standpoint, I think it hurts because we had one of the big guys hitting, so anything could happen there."

Donaldson has been part of controversy with the Orioles before. Last year, when Donaldson was with the Oakland Athletics, Machado took offense to a hard tag from Donaldson. Later in that series, Machado tossed a bat down the third base line, leading to a five-game suspension.

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Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson will represent the Orioles as one of 30 former major leaguers who will play in the Hall of Fame Classic game over Memorial Day weekend at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. … Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells will receive an award from Eastern Kentucky University honoring an outstanding alumnus Friday. Bancells, who has been the team's head trainer for 28 years, was inducted into the Maryland Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2008. … Former Maryland men's basketball star Dez Wells will out the ceremonial first pitch tonight.


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