Machado punches Ventura after HBP, triggers brawl

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Yordano Ventura plunked Manny Machado with a fastball to the ribs, and he got a punch to the face in return.

In the second inning between the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals, Machado flew out to deep left and after admiring it, he and Ventura exchanged some words on his way back to the dugout.

His next time up, Ventura drilled him with a first-pitch, 99-mph fastball. Machado charged the mound and threw a punch, prompting the dugouts to clear.

After cooler heads prevailed, both players were ejected.

This isn’t the first time Ventura or Machado have been at the center of heated scenarios. On two separate occasions last April, Ventura triggered the dugouts to clear after he had a battle of words with the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels.

Machado, meanwhile, tossed his bat down the third-base line on his follow through in June 2014, prompting a five-game suspension.

What’ll be interesting to see is how MLB will address Machado’s punch. The league suspended Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor eight games for landing a punch on Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista. It was later reduced to seven.

The difference is Machado and Ventura have both been suspended for a previous offense.

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