Shawn Kelley took offense to Jose Bautista’s antics after hitting game-tying homer last night

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Jose Bautista launched a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning of last night’s game at Yankee Stadium, but that wasn’t what had reliever Shawn Kelley steaming. Bautista apparently shouted expletives and slammed his bat on his way to first base as the ball made its way over the fence in left field.

Kelley explains, via Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal:

Bautista insists his behavior wasn’t directed at Kelley or the Yankees. Per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier:

The Yankees ended up walking off in the bottom of the ninth inning thanks to an Adam Lind fielding error.

If there were still any hurt feelings, it wasn’t evident early tonight. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda pitched Bautista straight up, getting him to ground into a fielder’s choice in the first inning of tonight’s game.

Here’s video of Bautista’s game-tying homer from Thursday, though the alleged behavior isn’t shown:

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The Yankees entered Friday night’s action a game ahead of the Blue Jays, but five games out of the second Wild Card with 10 games remaining.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.