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The benches cleared between the Orioles and A’s after a tag play

Jun 6, 2014, 8:50 PM EDT

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Add another item to baseball’s unwritten rulebook: don’t tag too hard. With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was on his way to third base after Adam Jones hit a ground ball. Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson fielded the ball and ran towards Machado before tagging him for the final out of the inning.

Machado stumbled back and fired his helmet to the ground in Donaldson’s direction, which of course got Donaldson’s attention. Apparently, Machado felt that he was tagged too harshly. The two jawed at each other and the benches emptied. There were no punches thrown and no ejections. You can watch the events as they unfolded here.

Machado got his revenge, hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth. In the top of the sixth, O’s starter Wei-Yin Chen brushed Donaldson back with a fastball, then came right back inside and hit him with another fastball. Chen was not ejected, and Donaldson didn’t do much in return other than flipping his arm guard. Stay tuned for more drama from Camden Yards.

  1. fredski11 - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Hit the weight room youngster!!!

  2. freddsox - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Heard Buck talk about the play after the game. He supports his third baseman but unfortunately his guy plays for the A’s

  3. eagles512 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    No longer a fan of Machado.

    • mmeyer3387 - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Get over it and enjoy the game. Machado is still fun to watch play isn’t he? Remember that he is a human being like the rest of us.This type of incident is part of the game, that happens once in a while. Fans can be fans to where they expect the players to be god like and they get upset when they display human reactions. Machado seemed to be offended easy but he just got over a major knee surgery. He is also young and we must remember that these guys are very competitive. But I enjoy watching him play. He is almost, a modern version of Brooks Robbinson. Because he makes some great plays, he is fun to watch and I think of him as a human being with a lot of talent thats’ only 21.

  4. zackd2 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Maybe that’s why he’s hitting .246/.298/362, he doesn’t want to hit the ball too hard with his bat.

    • mmeyer3387 - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Why so negative, he has only played for about a month. I’m not making excuses, Machado does deserve some time to settle in and regain his timing. He may just need to get his timing back. Do you expect him to come back from a knee injury and hit 350? I’m not making excuses but he does deserve some time to settle in and regain his timing.

  5. jimeejohnson - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Once again blame a Latin player’s over aggressiveness on the curse of “machismo”. No kidding: If you are of Latin descent you are plagued by too much male arrogance, unlike the rest of society, who, when they get mad it’s just because they have no self control. Only the Latin can use machismo as an excuse for arrogance: right Machado!

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Did you realize my post was satirical? Now, maybe you do.

    • juanvinny - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      What are you even talking about? Are you commenting on an article, comment, or just arguing with the voices in your head?

  6. jlilly67 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    What, did Donaldson bruise his p@ssy?

    • rollinnumbers - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      what a stupid comment…did you see the play dickhead?

      • juanvinny - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:18 PM

        Did you? He fell over trying to duck a tag and acted like he was punched in the face! If that little tag that Donaldson put on him hurt him so much then he needs to find anew line of work. It wasn’t even a hard tag. It was a typical tag made on any play. Muchado was jumping away and fell over like a douche.

    • clydeserra - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Sexism is so funny! you must be a comedian!

      • juanvinny - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        Have you been drinking or are you just dumb?

  7. juanvinny - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Man, Muchado is a little girl… He jumped away to avoid the tag. Half of him falling down was his own momentum. The tag looked like nothing more than a reach out to touch him.

    I love how he was jawing with Donaldson but never made a move. He was waiting for the bench to get there and save him from getting his a$$ whooped.

  8. jpat2424 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    What a bitch machado is

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