Benches clear between Dodgers, Diamondbacks after extra-inning defeat

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The Diamondbacks held on for a extra-inning win over the Dodgers on Friday, but any feelings of victory were likely spoiled by the bizarre benches-clearing dispute that followed the final moments of the game.

Tensions flared in the bottom of the 11th. With a one-run lead to protect, no outs, and a runner on first, right-hander Archie Bradley fired a 96.1-m.p.h. fastball that appeared to ricochet off of A.J. Pollock‘s wrist. Pollock moved toward first base following the hit-by-pitch, but the umpires and D-backs argued for the initial ruling — a pop-up deflected by Pollock’s bat — to be upheld for the out. After a brief review, the umpires confirmed the out, prompting Bradley to exchange some words with Pollock as the batter slowly walked back to the Dodgers’ dugout.

It didn’t take Bradley long to clinch the game after that. He induced a first-pitch out from Justin Turner, then struck out Will Smith on four pitches to finish off the inning. With the win unequivocally decided in Arizona’s favor, however, the reliever still couldn’t let Pollock’s apparent disrespect go. As he continued to point and yell at the Dodgers’ dugout, the benches emptied and players from both sides swarmed the field. Los Angeles skipper Dave Roberts began jawing at starting pitcher Robbie Ray, whom he apparently mistook for a member of the D-backs’ staff, while various members of the Dodgers did their own share of finger-pointing at Bradley and his teammates.

While both sides eventually exited the field without escalating the situation much further, the whole ordeal turned into a he said, he said kind of thing during the teams’ respective postgame pressers. Via’s Steve Gilbert:

“I got him out,” Bradley said. “That was my whole thing, that’s where it all started, like, you’re out. And you’re sitting there arguing while I’m trying to pitch to the next batter in a save situation in the 11th inning in Dodger Stadium. This is a hostile environment, I’m trying to win and you’re still standing arguing after you’ve been called out twice. It’s nothing personal to A.J. at all. It could have been anyone in the big leagues.”

Pollock, meanwhile, maintained that he’d been hit by the pitch — a claim his teammates supported.

“Just hit a guy on the wrist,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “And he’s yelling at him to get off the field. Shut your mouth and get on the mound and pitch. Then, he closes the game and stares in the dugout. Like, worry about your guys, don’t worry about us.”

There are still two games remaining in this series, with another four scheduled for the end of the month. Whether or not the Dodgers and D-backs have plans to resurrect their dispute remains to be seen.

Orioles sign OF Aaron Hicks, put Cedric Mullins on 10-day IL with groin strain

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder Aaron Hicks less than 24 hours after Cedric Mullins went down with a strained right groin.

Mullins went on the 10-day injured list, but the Orioles are hoping Hicks can help defensively in the spacious outfield at Camden Yards. Hicks was released last week by the New York Yankees with more than 2 1/2 seasons left on his contract.

“We had noticed that he was a free agent even before the injury,” Orioles general manager Mike Elias said. “When the injury occurred and it became pretty clear this was going to be an IL, it seemed like a good fit even more so at that time.”

The Orioles are responsible for paying Hicks just $483,871, a prorated share of the $720,000 minimum salary. The Yankees owe him the rest of his $10.5 million salary this year, plus $9.5 million in each of the next two seasons and a $1 million buyout of a 2026 team option.

The 33-year-old Hicks hit just .188 in 28 games for the Yankees this year.

“We have stuff that we look at from a scouting and evaluation perspective,” Elias said. “It’s very different from just looking at the back of a baseball card, and we hope that we get a bounceback from anyone we bring here.”

Hicks batted .216 last season.

“Hopefully that’s a good thing for him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of the Baltimore deal. “A lot of time here and a lot of good things happened for him here. I know the last couple of years have been a struggle. But hopefully it’s a good opportunity for him and certainly wish him well. Not too well being in our division and a team we’re chasing, but hopefully it’s a really good fit for him.”

Mullins left a loss to Cleveland after he pulled up while running out an infield grounder. Outfielder Colton Cowser – the fifth pick in the draft two years ago – is hitting .331 at Triple-A Norfolk, but he went on the IL in the past couple weeks.

“Certainly he was building a case towards promotion consideration prior to his injury and prior to Cedric’s injury,” Elias said. “We’ll just see where we’re at.”

Hicks was active for the game but not in the starting lineup. Austin Hays, normally Baltimore’s left field, was in Mullins’ usual spot in center.

When the wall in left at Camden Yards was pushed significantly back before last season, it made left field a bigger challenge defensively.

“In this park … you really need two center fielders,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Aaron’s got a lot of center-field experience. Played left field here before also. Brings the defensive aspect and then the switch-hitting.”