Benches clear after Adam Wainwright plunks Yasiel Puig

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Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright just plunked Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig in the shoulder and when Adrian Gonzalez came to the plate next he started jawing with catcher Yadier Molina, at which point both benches cleared.

There’s history dating back to last year’s playoffs, when Joe Kelly broke Hanley Ramirez’s ribs with a pitch. This time didn’t seem obviously intentional, but Gonzalez clearly thought there was something going on. Puig, for his part, wasn’t nearly as upset as Gonzalez.

Warnings have been issued, so if Clayton Kershaw hits anyone he’s at risk for ejection.

Oh, and Puig came around to score on a Ramirez single, tying the game at 1-1.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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