Rougned Odor punches Jose Bautista in the face after Blue Jays outfielder retaliates to being hit by pitch.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista slid into second base hard and late trying to break up a double play in the top of the eighth inning. Bautista was in danger of violating MLB’s new slide rule by making contact with Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor’s leg.
Odor took exception and shoved Bautista before punching him in the face with a right hook. As you can see in the video, the force of Odor’s punch knocked Bautista’s helmet and sunglasses off his head.
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The benches cleared and emotions ran hot on both sides. If you recall, Bautista hit a three-run home run against the Rangers in game five of last year’s American League Divisional Series, capped off by a celebratory bat flip.
The Rangers hung on to win 7-6 on Sunday, but suspensions will likely be coming on both sides.
Toronto manger John Gibbons, who was ejected earlier in the game for arguing balls and strikes, got into it with Rangers manager Jeff Banister. Bautista and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson were both ejected, along with Odor and Rangers bench coach Steve Beuchele.
Things heated up again in the bottom of the inning when Toronto pitcher Jesse Chavez hit Prince Fielder. Chavez was tossed as the benches cleared once more. Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale was also ejected since both teams had received warnings.