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.

Yankees halt Giancarlo Stanton’s rehab due to calf tightness

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There was some thought that Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would soon be activated from the injured list. Stanton has been out since the beginning of April due to biceps and shoulder injuries. It will be a little while longer.

The Yankees announced on Wednesday that Stanton’s rehab has been halted due to tightness in his left calf. Stanton was scratched from Tuesday’s rehab game with High-A Tampa due to tightness around his left calf and knee, so this news didn’t pop up out of nowhere.

Stanton recorded a pair of singles and seven walks in 15 trips to the plate in the only three games he played this season, all against the Orioles. Durability has always been a concern for the 29-year-old, but he managed to play in 159 games for the Marlins in 2017 and 158 for the Yankees last year. He’s in the fifth year of a 13-year, $325 million contract originally signed with the Marlins.