Tim Anderson says he isn’t sure what he did to rile up the opposing pitcher or get ejected from the game.
But he’s certain: He’s not changing his ways.
And if flipping a bat to celebrate a towering home run offends the other team, so be it.
“It’s all confusing,” he said. “I’m the one that ended up in the locker room, and I was the one that got hit by a pitch.”
The energetic shortstop spiked his bat following a home run and Kansas City’s Brad Keller responded by drilling him with a fastball in his next at-bat, setting off a benches-clearing fracas in the Royals’ 4-3, 10-inning victory over the White Sox in Chicago on Wednesday.
Anderson tossed his bat toward the White Sox dugout following his two-run drive in the fourth inning. Keller hit him in the buttocks with his first pitch leading off the sixth.
Anderson, the AL’s leading hitter, was restrained by Kansas City catcher Martin Maldonado but kept jawing with Keller on the way to first base. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, though no punches appeared to be thrown. Chicago manager Rick Renteria and Kansas City bench coach Dale Sveum shoved each other, and the usually mild-mannered Renteria was particularly animated.
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There were four ejections: Anderson, Keller, Renteria and Sveum.
Though Keller insisted he wasn’t trying to hit anyone, Kansas City’s Hunter Dozier said Anderson should have expected retaliation.
“And once you get hit, just deal with it and go to first. That’s my take on it,” said Dozier, who hit a tie-breaking homer in the 10th.
Rays 8, Orioles 1: Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz homered and host Tampa Bay beat Baltimore.
D’backs 3, Braves 2: Adam Jones worked a bases-loaded walk against Jesse Biddle in the 10th inning and also homered, lifting visiting Arizona over Atlanta.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 3: Brett Gardner hit a grand slam off Ryan Brasier in the seventh inning for his 100th career home run, and host New York rallied for a two-game sweep of the reeling World Series champions.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 3: Michael Wacha cooled off NL MVP Christian Yelich, Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna each went deep, and visiting St. Louis avoided being swept by the NL Central leader.
Phillies 3, Mets 2: Jake Arrieta pitched neatly into the ninth inning, Scott Kingery and Cesar Hernandez hit solo homers and host Philadelphia beat New York.
Cubs 6, Marlins 0: Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and Chicago completed a three-game sweep of host Miami.
Pirates 3, Tigers 2: Colin Moran hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and visiting Pittsburgh beat Detroit in extras for a second straight night.
Rangers 5, Angels 4: Shin-Soo Choo delivered a tie-breaking two-run triple off Matt Harvey while reaching base his first three times from the leadoff spot, and host Texas finished a three-game sweep of Los Angeles.
Indians 1, Mariners 0: Carlos Carrasco rebounded from one of his worst starts with 12 strikeouts, Jake Bauers hit a solo homer and visiting Cleveland completed a three-game sweep.
Dodgers 3, Reds 2: A.J. Pollock hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Los Angeles tied the major-league record by homering in its 32nd consecutive home game.
Twins 4, Blue Jays 1: Nelson Cruz had two hits and two RBIs, helping Jake Odorizzi and host Minnesota beat Toronto following a 54-minute rain delay.
Briefly: Detroit’s Matt Moore is expected to miss the rest of the season after right knee surgery, the latest setback for the left-hander who once was one of baseball’s top prospects and spent 1 ½ seasons with the Giants. … Atlanta closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after right shoulder surgery.
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