Yordano Ventura was ejected Tuesday night after sparking a brawl during the Royals’ game against the Baltimore Orioles here at Camden Yards.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Ventura plunked Orioles shortstop Manny Machado in the ribs with a fastball.
Without hesitation, Machado dropped his bat and sprung toward the mound. Ventura removed his hat and dropped his glove as a melee broke out in the middle of the field. Machado appeared to landing a glancing blow before Ventura wrapped his legs up and took him to the ground.
Machado was also ejected for his part in the brawl.
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It was Ventura’s third career ejection and came just one season after he was involved in numerous on-field incidents.
Major League Baseball levied a seven-game suspension against Ventura for sparking a benches-clearing brawl with the Chicago White Sox on April 23, 2015.
That fracas started when White Sox hitter Adam Eaton hit a comebacker to Ventura and the players jawed at each other as Eaton ran to first. The benches then emptied.
That came after Ventura was ejected for throwing a 99-mph fastball at Oakland third baseman Brett Lawrie the previous weekend. And earlier in the 2015 season, Ventura instigated a verbal spat for unknown reasons against Angels superstar Mike Trout, leading to players from both team s running onto the field.