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Video: Matt Chapman ejected after having a few words with Juan Graterol

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Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt in the bottom of the fourth inning of Wednesday’s afternoon game. As Chapman stepped into the batter’s box he had a few words with Angels catcher Juan Graterol, who stood up and flipped his mask up to confront Chapman. Chapman was ejected and manager Bob Melvin came out to argue with Everitt on his player’s behalf.

The confrontation apparently started because the Angels felt Khris Davis was tipping pitches from second base in the second inning, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Chapman was replaced by Renato Nunez, who struck out.

The game is only in the fifth inning. Hopefully the drama ends there, but there’s plenty of ballgame left. The Athletics hold a 1-0 lead thanks to a solo home run from Davis, who now leads the American League with 39 home runs.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.