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Video: Benches clear during Diamondbacks-Cardinals game

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Things got a little crazy during the second inning of the Diamondbacks-Cardinals game on Sunday. In the top of the frame, A.J. Pollock worked a full count against Luke Weaver before getting rung up on a called strike three by home plate umpire Tim Timmons. The call sparked a disagreement between Pollock — it appeared to be the second bad call against the D-backs in four at-bats — and prompted club manager Torey Lovullo to take up the balls-and-strikes argument against Timmons as well.

While Pollock stormed off and Timmons attempted to eject Lovullo, Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina stepped into the fray:

It only got worse from there: In the middle of Lovullo’s confrontation, Molina tried to shove the D-backs’ skipper and was blocked from doing so by Timmons, who knocked the catcher’s mask off in the process and then tried to curb the subsequent benches-clearing standoff.

Here’s how the whole thing unfolded:

Neither Pollock nor Molina appeared to receive ejections for their role in the confrontation. The game is still tied 0-0 in the fourth.

Report: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.