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A four-game series between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox kicked off Friday night with a relatively innocuous second-inning bench clearance after pitcher Michael Kopech hit. Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo with a 99 mph fastball out the back.
Kopech had a 1-2 count when he pinned Mateo near the left shoulder with a throw similar to the one that dived Chicago’s Josh Harrison Thursday.
The Orioles cleared their bench first followed by the White Sox, but tensions did not erupt in anything physical.
“I don’t know what happened there, what were they thinking. But I really don’t think it was intentional,” Mateo said through an interpreter.
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“In the heat of the moment, it’s normal,” he said of the disruption. “People start talking, saying things. You feel something. You feel uncomfortable. But that’s normal in the heat of the moment.”
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Kopech said the wanderer the tone was unintentional and that things got out of hand because “some guys jumped on the rail and started talking”.
“They took offense to it, I guess, but I’m trying to step back and do a bit more,” he said, via MLB.com. “Fly open, the ball escaped me. Certainly not trying to hit a guy with two strikes and two outs. Especially a guy who doesn’t do too much at home plate.
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Both teams received bookings and the Orioles won 4-0. The White Sox lost their third in a row and Kopech lost his second straight start.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.