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Orioles and Athletics get into another altercation

By Leighton Schneider,

For the second time in three days, Manny Machado caused a benches-clearing altercation between the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland Athletics.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Athletics pitcher Fernando Abad threw two pitches low to Machado’s knees. On the second pitch, the third baseman took a late swing and the bat flew out of his hands, past third base. The benches immediately emptied.

Umpire crew chief Larry Vanover ejected both Machado and Abad.

"It was obvious that the pitcher threw at him the second time," Vanover said, the Baltimore Sun reports. "And then [Machado] threw the bat. That wasn’t accidental. He threw the bat, so two ejections."

“The bat slipped out of my hands," Machado said, notes Sporting News. "Trying to make contact and the umpire thought it was intentional and he tossed me at that point. The umpire thought it was intentional, so I guess at that point you’ve got to toss the pitcher and the hitter at the same time."

On Friday, Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson and Machado got into a heated exchange after Machado thought Donaldson tagged him hard in the base path. Later in the game Orioles pitcher Wie-Yin Chen hit Donaldson in retaliation.

Orioles manager, Buck Showalter, said he doesn’t think his third basemen was out of line.

"I thought Manny handled it better than someone with some experience [would]," Showalter told The Baltimore Sun. "It was a good experience for him to have. He cares. It’s a learning experience for all of us."

The A's won Sunday's game 11-1, but the Orioles did win Saturday's game, 6-3. Friday's game went to the A's, 4-3.

 
 

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