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Manny Machado punched Yordano Ventura after being hit by a pitch

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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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.