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Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson left Thursday’s playoff game against the Texas Rangers after taking a knee to the head while trying to break up a double play at second base.
Donaldson collided with Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor on the fourth-inning play in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre.
Donaldson stayed down on the ground for a few seconds before walking off under his own power. He returned to the dugout but was later removed from the game as a precaution.
Odor was unable to turn the double play after Donaldson’s hard slide. Ben Revere moved to third base on the play and Jose Bautista reached at first base. Revere later scored on an infield single by Edwin Encarnacion to give Toronto its first run of the game.
Ezequiel Carrera replaced Donaldson in the No. 2 spot in the order but grounded out in his lone at-bat. Utility infielder Cliff Pennington later replaced Carrera at third base.
Donaldson, a top contender for the American League MVP award, hit 41 homers and drove in 123 runs this past season.
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press
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