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The O's connected for four homeruns, and Manny Machado connected with Yordano Ventura's jaw.

Thankfully, Matt Wieters didn't punch anyone last night.
Thankfully, Matt Wieters didn't punch anyone last night.
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Orioles recap: Four homers help Birds beat Royals in fight-marred game - Baltimore Sun
The best revenge is always the scoreboard, and the O's made sure there was no doubt which team would win after last night's brawl.

Basebrawl: Benches clear, Machado and Ventura ejected, O's win - Steve Melewski
After a rather tense at-bat in the second inning, the altercation in the fifth inning seemed almost inevitable.

After brawl, Orioles livid at Yordano Ventura: 'A circuit board off balance' - USA Today
Adam Jones had some thought after the game on Yordano Ventura's actions. "The guy has electric stuff and the talent is all there, but between the ears, there is a circuit board off balance. I don’t get it. I don’t get it."

Showalter: "I didn't have much doubt with how they'd respond" - School of Roch
Buck Showalter had thoughts as well. “I thought he was trying to hit him the at-bat before. That’s why I talked to him before he took his last at-bat. I think he signaled breaking ball and shook to fastball. No, I don’t like when any of my guys are put in harm’s way, especially a guy throwing that hard and having some problems with his command tonight. But not the first time. Obviously, it must be something that’s OK because he continues to do it. It must be condoned. I don’t know.”

The Royals’ Lorenzo Cain reached all the way over the wall to make the catch of the season | For The Win
Manny Machacdo's punch wasn't the only highlight of last night's game. You gotta see this catch.

Manny Machado melee could be good turning point for Baltimore Orioles - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
It's June, so I'm skeptical how much any one game can be a turning point, but here's one theory.

Royals, Orioles fight: Machado, Ventura face suspension - SI.com
There is blame to be shared in Tuesday’s brawl between Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura, but the Orioles stand to be worse off by virtue of losing their best player when suspensions are handed down.

Orioles notes: Buck Showalter encouraged by velocity increase from Yovani Gallardo - Baltimore Sun
"Yovani Gallardo's fastball sat at 89-90 mph and reached 91, above the four regular-season starts he made in April before going on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis, when his fastball averaged less than 88 mph."

Happy Birthday to T.J. McFarland and former Orioles  Lenn Sakata, Mark Belanger, and George Brunet.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...nothing much happened, actually.

Consider this your discussion space for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.