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Machado storms mound, benches clear

Manny Machado nailed a home run in the first inning off Yordano Ventura. He admired his ball hit out of the park and exchanged some words with the flame-throwing Royals pitcher as he made his way around the bags. His next at-bar, Ventura threw a high-90s fastball to brush him back. Okay. But when Ventura continued to target Machado by intentionally hitting him with a 99-mph fastball in the bottom of the fifth inning, the young Orioles star wasn’t going to just stand there and take it.

Machado ran out to the mound and nailed Ventura with an over-hand right that the late Muhammad Ali would have been proud of and dropped to the ground with Ventura’s head locked under his arm and continued to wail away.

The dugouts cleared to rip the two players apart from there fight.

This was not the first time Ventura has intentionally thrown at hitters. Last year he was suspended for intentionally throwing at Chicago White Sox players. Machado will face discipline from the league. Rougned Odor was suspended eight games for punching Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista not too long ago, but had it reduced to seven games.

Paul Janish came in for Machado. If Machado is suspended Janish and Ryan Flaherty are the only real options the Orioles have to fill third base and short stop with JJ Hardy also being out with an injury.

After Machado’s ejection, Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis followed with back-to-back home runs.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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