As heard on WHOW, Lucas Giolito lobbed an expletive-laced response in Donaldson's direction after the slugger appeared to yell ''Not sticky anymore'' after a first-inning homer, overshadowing Gavin Sheets' successful big league debut for the Chicago White Sox in a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Giolito heard what Donaldson said, and he was none too pleased.
The ace right-hander had something to say, too.
Giolito (6-5) pitched six-plus innings of three-run ball in his first win in a month. But it was his postgame message that will live on long after anything that happened in his 100th career start.
Giolito surrendered a two-run drive to Donaldson on his fifth pitch. Donaldson's apparent comment came as he rubbed his hands together while making his way to the Twins' dugout after his 12th homer.
Donaldson has been one of baseball's most outspoken sluggers when it comes to pitchers using sticky substances, something the league recently started cracking down on.
Sheets had two hits and two RBIs, helping Chicago increase its AL Central lead to 2 1/2 games over Cleveland. The White Sox had dropped seven of nine.
The Twins scored three times in the seventh, including RBI doubles by Nelson Cruz and Max Kepler, and then pulled within one on Jorge Polanco's run-scoring groundout in the ninth.
But Liam Hendriks earned his 21st save when he retired Alex Kirilloff on a fly ball to center, stranding a runner at third.
The Twins had won seven of nine overall. But they dropped to 1-6 against the White Sox this year.
Sheets, the son of former big league outfielder Larry Sheets, lined an opposite-field single to left in the second for his first hit. He tied it at 2 when he drove in a run with an infield out that went off the glove of Kenta Maeda (3-3) in the third.
The White Sox opened a 7-2 lead with four runs in the fifth. Sheets had a bloop RBI double, and Leury Garcia followed with a sacrifice fly. Danny Mendick and Tim Anderson capped the inning with run-scoring singles.
Maeda was charged with seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He issued five walks, matching a career high, and struck out four.
Jorge Polanco was shaken up after he was caught stealing in the fifth, colliding with SS Anderson at second base. But Polanco stayed in the game.
Yoan Moncada was out of the starting lineup because of a ''barking'' right shoulder, manager Tony La Russa said. Evan Marshall departed with a forearm injury in the seventh.
Jake Lamb (strained right quadriceps) was placed on the 10-day injured list, and OF Billy Hamilton was reinstated from the IL. Hamilton had been sidelined by a strained right oblique.
Bailey Ober (0-0, 4.64 ERA) and Dylan Cease (6-3, 3.81 ERA) pitch on Wednesday night. Ober made his big league debut against the White Sox on May 18, allowing four runs in four innings. Cease is 0-2 with a 9.18 ERA in four career starts versus the Twins.