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Manny Machado punched Yordano Ventura after being hit by a pitch


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.

Tom Brady has moved into Derek Jeter’s mansion

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The Tampa Bay Times reports that the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneer, quarterback Tom Brady, has a new place to live in the Bay Area: Derek Jeter’s house:

Brady has arrived in Tampa Bay and is in the process of moving his family into the sprawling, 30,000-square foot mansion on Davis Islands built by Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed. The home features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an entertainment room and billiards room that wraps around a pool with two boat lifts providing access to Tampa Bay.

It’s like a crossover episode conceived by sports yakkers like me. It’s like a gift from Content Heaven. Like, I had NO reason to talk about Derek Jeter today, but now I can mention how much progress he has made as a human being. After all, a mere 16 years ago he wouldn’t move 25 feet to third base to make room for Alex Rodriguez — and wouldn’t move to his left for anything — but now he’s willing to completely move out of his house for Brady.

See, we can all grow, even in trying times like this. Bless you, Derek.