Tensions exploded in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles after Royals starter Yordano Ventura hit Orioles shortstop Manny Machado with a pitch.
Per Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Machado charged the mound and threw a punch after Ventura plunked him with a 99 mph fastball. The two had exchanged words earlier in the game.
WIBW reported Machado and Ventura were ejected.
In the second inning, Ventura threw a fastball inside that straightened Machado up. Machado flied out to right in that at-bat, but the two jawed back and forth as the Orioles star made his way back to the dugout.
"He hit me with a 99 mph fastball, and 99 is no joke," Machado said after the game, per Steve Melewski of MASN. "You can ruin someone’s career."
Ventura has a history of similar incidents. He hit Brett Lawrie in 2015 when the latter was with the Oakland Athletics, one day after Lawrie sprained the left knee of Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar with a hard slide into second base.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wasn't disappointed in Machado charging the mound, per Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
"Manny and the team decided not to take it tonight," Showalter said, per Kubatko.
Melewski also provided Orioles center fielder Adam Jones' take:
I knew it was going 2 happen. The guy has electric stuff, but between [the] ears, there is a circuit board off balance. He wants to be Pedro Martinez; go out there and have a damn sub 2.00. Don't go out and try to hurt somebody. Hopefully the league catches on to it. I've got Manny's fine, and the rest is history.
Major League Baseball has had its share of brawls already this season. The Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers engaged in a skirmish on May 15, which featured Rougned Odor's punch to the face of Jose Bautista. The ruckus resulted in six suspensions and 14 players and staff members being fined.
The Royals and Orioles didn't go that far, but Machado and Ventura will likely miss time in the near future or receive fines for their actions.