Sunday featured a lot of baseball. It also featured two bench clearing incidents in Cincinnati and Toronto thanks to some beanball wars.

Today featured not one, but two bench clearing incidents in MLB. Although, bench clearing is as far as either of them went.

Both of these situations were more of a tease than anything else. No punches thrown, no pathetic football-like tackles being made, no ducking and running to be witnessed.

In Cincinnati as the Reds took on their division rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates, second-baseman Brandon Phillips getting tagged in the ninth inning led to a mini scuffle:

Heavy emotions started an inning earlier when Pirates superstar Andrew McCutchen was drilled by Pedro Villarreal. The Phillips hit was in direct response to that.

The man who showed most visible anger was Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd who narrowly escaped a hard up-and-in pitch from Joe Blanton the night before. Both of these teams have been going at it for years now.

In Toronto, rookie Aaron Sanchez was tossed for slightly clipping Kansas City Royals All-Star Lorenzo Cain. Once tossed, both benches cleared.


In all seriousness, Phillips was the most ridiculous culprit of the day. Instead of lingering around with an attitude – and doing absolutely nothing by the way while his teammates were more charged up – he should have trotted to first base.

A whole lot of nothing occurred in baseball on Sunday.

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