Jose Bautista and the Orioles exchanged some words last night

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A lot of people have thrown at Jose Bautista lately and the Orioles and Jays have some recent chippy history. Last night was no different.

O’s pitcher Jason Garcia threw a pitch behind Bautista and the benches were warned. Bautista, to his credit, didn’t charge the mound or anything. He just glared a bit, gathered himself and got back in the box. Then he jacked one the heck out of the park. And yes, he stared at it, flipped his bat and didn’t exactly motor around the bases. He’s Jose Bautista, not some kid. He can do stuff like that once in a damn while.

Watch that exchanges, and the jawing back and forth between Bautista and some Orioles as he rounded the bases:

In between innings Orioles outfielder Adam Jones took issue and the two of them engaged in a shouting match from across the field. Watch for the shouting, stay for Buck Martinez purporting to translate Bautista as if every other word wasn’t a curse word of some sort:

 

The kicker here was, after the game, Jones actually said that Bautista needed to “respect the game.” Which is a phrase that was already sort of meaningless, but now is, somehow, even more so.

Oh, one more video that sort of explains the general state of the O’s-Jays rivalry at the moment:

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.