Cleared benches lead to ejections, high tension as Blue Jays defeat Royals

Baseball Tensions exploded Sunday between the Royals and Blue Jays, which lead to both teams clearing their benches and the ejection of Toronto manager John Gibbons, right-hander Aaron Sanchez and bench coach DeMarlo Hale.Both teams had already received a warning earlier in the game after Edinson Volquez hit Josh Donaldson in the first inning and Volquez almost hit Donaldson again in the third. MORE: Trade deadline winners and losers"There was a warning given out after (Volquez) hit me in the first at-bat," Donaldson said, via the National Post. "Guys get hit all the time ... But the reason he did it is because he knew just as well as I did that he hit me on purpose.  "One, (home plate umpire Jim Wolf) could have thrown him out immediately, right there ... Second of all, when you give a warning like that and you seen balls continually thrown around the head area ... It's one of those things where you can't question intent anymore. There has to be repercussions, and that's where I think he went wrong at it.The anger grew more palpable in the seventh, when Ryan Madson hit the Jays' newest acquisition, Troy Tulowitzki, in the arm. Donaldson was almost hit by a ball again after Tulowitzki, leading to Gibbons' ejection after he began yelling at Wolf.Sanchez's wild pitch to Alcides Escobar in the eighth in retaliation led to his ejection, and the two teams rushed the field."None of them were intentional on our part," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It's a part of the game ... I thought Jim Wolf did a tremendous job understanding the game, understanding what's intentional. Was it intentional on their part to hit (Escobar)? Absolutely. They miss him with the first one then came back and hit him again with the second one. I think Jim Wolf did a great job of understanding what was intentional and what wasn't."As for Sanchez, he claimed he wanted a clean inning and didn't intentionally hit Escobar."Obviously, I knew what the situation was going into the inning," Sanchez said. "My job was to go out there and get a clean inning. Obviously, it wasn't intentional ... If I wanted to send a message, I would have sent a message to their big guy

s. I think it was kind of crap, but we'll move on."Following Sunday's 5-2 win, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista tweeted his disappointment in Yost's remarks. Just heard #NedYost comments about the game. Lost a lot of respect for that man today.— Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) August 2, 2015

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