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Benches Clear, Tensions Rise Between White Sox and Orioles

The teams gathered near the first base line after Michael Kopech hit Jorge Mateo with a pitch in the second inning.

Chicago White Sox Baltimore Orioles Benches Clear
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There has been a bit of bad blood between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles to open a four-game weekend series. Things flared up Friday night when the benches cleared after Sox starter Michael Kopech hit Jorge Mateo with a pitch in the top of the second inning.

Mateo had a glare and a few words for Kopech, causing the dugouts and bullpens to empty into a crowd down the first base line.

Some players — notably Baltimore’s Rougned Odor and Chicago’s Kopech and Tim Anderson — exchanged words, but no physical altercations took place. Umpires talked with both managers but did not appear to eject any players or coaches from the game.

Kopech plunking Mateo seemed to be in response to Orioles’ Thursday starter Dean Kremer hitting White Sox infielder Josh Harrison with a pitch in the series opener. While likely not intentional by Kremer, Harrison got it pretty good on the arm and had to leave the game.

Whatever the reason was for Michael Kopech hitting Jorge Mateo, the Orioles got the next laugh. Mateo stole second base on Kopech’s next pitch and then scored on an RBI single by Richie Martin.

The Baltimore Orioles currently lead the Chicago White Sox 2-1 after two innings. The clubs meet two more times to finish out the weekend, so keep your popcorn handy.

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