The benches cleared in Sunday’s Angels-Royals game

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Royals starter Yordano Ventura and Angels outfielder Mike Trout jawed at each other in the top of the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game. The Royals entered the inning leading 7-1, but Trout reached on a one-out single and came around to score on an Albert Pujols double.

Trout, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, yelled “Let’s go!”, ostensibly an effort to motivate his team in a still-winnable game. This rankled Ventura, who shouted something in Spanish that Trout didn’t understand. Catcher Salvador Perez immediately jumped in and escorted Ventura away from Trout. Pujols ran in from second base and the benches and bullpens cleared. No punches were thrown.

You can watch the confrontation at MLB.com with this link. Ventura eventually exited the game with a cramp in his right calf. In his start, he yielded two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. The Royals went on to win 9-2.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.