Royals starter Yordano Ventura pitched inside to Orioles third baseman Manny Machado on at least one occasion during Tuesday’s game at Camden Yards. Machado, understandably, was none too happy, so he shouted a few words to Ventura after flying out to end the second inning.
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Ventura, as he is wont to do, retaliated by intentionally drilling Machado in the fifth inning with a 99 MPH fastball. Machado dropped his bat and removed his helmet, then charged the mound and threw at least one punch at Ventura before the two fell to the ground and were surrounded by members of both benches. Both Machado and Ventura were ejected.
Given that Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor was recently suspended eight games for punching Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Machado given a similar punishment. Rangers pitcher Matt Bush, who intentionally hit Bautista with a pitch, was not suspended, but given Ventura’s history, he might still end up sitting out a game or two while forking over some pay.
The Orioles responded by scoring three times after order was restored. Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run to center field and Chris Davis followed up with a solo shot to right-center to make it an 8-1 game.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.