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TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 6: Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the fourth inning during MLB game action against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 6, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Marcus Stroman: “Zero respect for Odor. Never had respect for him, never will.”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman started last Wednesday and wasn’t slated to face the Rangers over the weekend, so he didn’t travel with the team to Texas. Instead, he was at Duke University for the graduation ceremony as the right-hander earned a degree in sociology.

Stroman was watching when the Blue Jays’ and Rangers’ benches emptied and Odor threw a few punches at Jose Bautista, one of which landed flush. Stroman tweeted:

Odor has had a reputation for being a hot head. Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, a scout said when Odor debuted in 2014, “The thing I love about him the most is you do not want to [expletive] with him.” Rotoworld’s Matthew Pouliot said the same thing.

Punches were thrown during a benches-clearing brawl between the Blue Jays and Rangers

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 15:  Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a three-run double against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 15, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Blue Jays and Rangers are not the best of friends. Jose Bautista sent the Jays into the ALCS last year with a three-run home run and famously flipped his bat, something that would become the subject of many discussions in the ensuing months.

The two clubs met for the first time since the ALDS for a four-game set in Toronto on May 2. There was some speculation that the Rangers might try to exact revenge on Bautista, but the series was completed without incident.

This weekend’s three-game set in Texas between the two games almost finished without incident. The Jays won the first game on Friday 5-0, and the Rangers used a Drew Stubbs walk-off home run on Saturday to win 6-5.

Rangers reliever Matt Bush came in as relief in the seventh inning, allowing an inherited runner to score to push the Jays’ lead to 6-3. He came back out to start the eighth inning, facing Bautista. His first pitch was a 96 MPH fastball that hit Bautista and was, without question, done with intent. Bautista wasn’t happy about it. Both teams were issued a warning. Bautista was discussing the incident with first base umpire Dale Scott.

After Edwin Encarnacion flied out and Jake Diekman came in to relieve Bush, Justin Smoak hit a ground ball to third baseman Adrian Beltre. Beltre threw the ball to second baseman Rougned Odor who whipped around to first to complete the double play. Bautista slid late into Odor, also obviously done with intent to harm. Odor wasn’t happy about it and threw punches at Bautista, one of which landed flush. The benches quickly emptied.

Jesse Chavez, who had entered in the bottom of the seventh and allowed a three-run home run and a single before getting the final out of the frame, started the bottom of the eighth. He threw a first-pitch fastball that hit Prince Fielder. Chavez was immediately ejected and the benches emptied again. Things calmed down quicker than before, but it was still a messy affair.

There were so many ejections…

  • Blue Jays: first base coach Tim Leiper (ejected in the third inning), manager John Gibbons, pitcher Jesse Chavez, right fielder Bautista, third baseman Josh Donaldson, bench coach DeMarlo Hale
  • Rangers: second baseman Odor, bench coach Steve Buechele

Odor is likely looking at a lengthy suspension and a fine. Bush, Bautista, and Chavez at the very least are also likely looking at suspensions and fines. What a messy situation.

The two teams don’t play each other again for the rest of the regular season.

Video: Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna collide; Ryan Zimmerman gets an inside-the-park homer

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 14:  Christian Yelich #21, Marcell Ozuna #13 and Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins celebrate after a 7-1 victory against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 14, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Not satisfied with Saturday night’s gruesome collision between Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp and Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez, the baseball gods saw fit for Marlins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna to slam into each other chasing a Ryan Zimmerman line drive in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game at Nationals Park.

The Marlins were ahead 2-0 when Ryan Zimmerman led off the bottom of the fourth inning against Jose Fernandez. The veteran laced a 2-2 curve to right-center field, sending center fielder Ozuna and right fielder Stanton towards each other at the warning track. The two appeared to trip each other up with their legs. Stanton appeared to hit the scoreboard on the wall, while Ozuna fell hard on his back. Zimmerman raced around the bases for an easy inside-the-park home run, cutting the Nationals’ deficit to 2-1.

Thankfully, both players were able to stand up on their own power and remain in the game after being tended to by manager Don Mattingly and a trainer.

Zimmerman’s inside-the-parker is just the third in Nationals history, joining Willie Harris (2010) and Austin Kearns (2007). The only other player with an inside-the-park home run is Jean Segura, who achieved his on April 7 when Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber suffered a season-ending injury.

Here is the link to the MLB.com video.

Carlos Beltran hit his 400th career home run

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Carlos Beltran #36 of the New York Yankees hits a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium on April 20, 2016  in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Yankees OF/DH Carlos Beltran joined the 400 home run club on Sunday against the White Sox, drilling a two-run home run in the sixth inning to put his team in the lead at 5-4. The dinger came on a 2-2 fastball from lefty reliever Zach Duke, who came in to turn the switch-hitting Beltran from the left side to the right side of the plate.

Beltran is the 54th player in baseball history to join the 400-homer club and just the fourth switch-hitter along with Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, and Chipper Jones. He can soon move into a tie for 53rd place on the all-time list with Duke Snider at 407. Beltran, a future Hall of Famer, is also only the fifth player in baseball history with 400 career homers and 300 career stolen bases, joining Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Andre Dawson, and Willie Mays.

Beltran, 39, entered the afternoon hitting .244/.274/.465 and now has eight home runs and 18 RBI on the year.

Video: Cameron Rupp gets flattened on throw home, holds onto ball for game-winning out

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 14: Cameron Rupp #29 of the Philadelphia Phillies tags out Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds during a collision at home plate in the ninth inning during a game at Citizens Bank Park on May 14, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Saturday night’s game between the Reds and Phillies ended in dramatic fashion. The Phillies were in danger of relinquishing a one-run lead — a situation in which they have otherwise been very successful this season — with reliever David Hernandez on the mound in the ninth inning. The Reds had runners on second and third with one out in a 4-3 ballgame.

Hernandez threw a curve ball that hung way too high to Jordan Pacheco, who skied it to left fielder Tyler Goeddel. Goeddel picked up momentum, made the catch, and fired a laser that hit catcher Cameron Rupp‘s mitt right as Eugenio Suarez attempted to touch home plate. The two collided very hard, but Rupp was able to hang onto the ball, ending the game in a 4-3 victory for the Phillies.

Rupp passed concussion tests, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, but he’s dealing with a sore left ankle.

Entering Sunday’s series finale with the Reds, the 22-15 Phillies were 14-3 in one-run games. They’re currently out-performing their expected won-lost record (based on run differential) by seven games.