The New York Yankees second half collapse has made the American League East race surprisingly tight between them and the Tampa Bay Rays.
That in fact provides one other stage of intrigue and rigidity to their weekend sequence in Tampa, and all of that boiled over within the second inning of Sunday’s sport.
Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson took exception to a high-and-tight pitch from Rays starter Shawn Armstrong. After phrases had been exchanged and Donaldson began to stroll towards the mound, each benches and bullpens emptied.
No punches had been thrown and order was rapidly restored, however each benches did obtain warnings.