Jose Bautista was on the receiving end of baseball's unwritten rule as the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Atlanta Braves 9-0 in MLB.
Bautista knew it was coming. Heck, all of baseball understood he was likely going to be plunked intentionally in his first at-bat of Thursday's series finale with the Braves at SunTrust Park.
The veteran Blue Jays slugger was hit in the hip with a fastball from Julio Teheran, the second of two pitches thrown inside out of retaliation for an unnecessary home run bat flip Wednesday with Toronto trailing by five runs late in a loss to the Braves.
Benches cleared after Bautista flipped his bat high in the air and stared down pitcher Eric O'Flaherty.
Thursday, however, there was no incident. Bautista simply turned his hip into the pitch and jogged to first without exchanging words. Both dugouts were warned by plate umpire Paul Emmel, but the Blue Jays were the only ones doing damage after the HBP.
Toronto scored three runs in the first inning after Bautista became the first Blue Jays baserunner of the night. The American League (AL) East bottom-feeders scored an additional three runs in the third inning that began with a Bautista double and another three runs in the fourth inning in which he added a single. He finished two for four with two runs scored.
The Los Angeles Dodgers accounted for the Miami Marlins 7-2, the Texas Rangers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4, the Pittsburgh Pirates were too good for the Washington Nationals 10-4, the Kansas City Royals upstaged the New York Yankees 5-1, the Oakland Athletics eased past the Boston Red Sox 8-3, World Series champions the Chicago Cubs topped the Cincinnati Reds 9-5, the Detroit Tigers edged the Baltimore Orioles 6-5, the San Diego Padres lost 4-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers and the Seattle Mariners overcame the Chicago White Sox 5-4.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Twins split their doubleheader with the Colorado Rockies after triumphing 2-0, having lost the opener 5-1.
RANGERS STAY RED HOT
No team in baseball are hotter than the Rangers. Behind Martin Perez's career-high eight strikeouts and Ryan Rua's tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth, the Rangers topped the Phillies to extend their MLB-best winning streak to nine games, the club's longest since they enjoyed 12 in a row in July 2011.
LEMAHIEU STRUGGLES FOR COLORADO
Rockies infielder DJ LeMahieu went 0 for six in a doubleheader with the Twins. To be fair, the Rockies were unsuccessful as a whole in game two as Jose Berrios was stellar yet again. The young Minnesota right-hander hurled seven innings of scoreless ball, allowing just two hits with 11 strikeouts.
BAEZ WITH THE SLAM
Javier Baez crushed his third-career grand slam over the wall in left-centre field, extending the Cubs' lead over the Reds in a series sweep. Baez finished with a season-high five RBIs as Chicago outscored Cincinnati 25-15 in the series after struggling at the plate for much of this campaign.
Who's gonna rock you when the sun won't let you sleep? pic.twitter.com/GHjElm3H8R— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 18, 2017
INDIANS AT ASTROS
The first time these AL pennant favourites met this season the three-game series was decided by a total of four runs. Friday, the clubs open another three-game set, this time in Houston. Trevor Bauer (3-4, 6.92 ERA) takes on host Charlie Morton (5-2, 3.97 ERA) in game one.
|David Luiz took pay cut to return to Chelsea|
|Eredivisie play-off between MVV and Roda halted by crowd trouble|
|No way forward for Monk at Leeds amid Middlesbrough links|
|Bears sign Cruz to one-year contract|
|LeBron James guns for Michael Jordan record: It´s a personal goal of mine|
|Percival late show hands Saints dramatic derby win|
|Troyes 2 Lorient 1: Late Nivet strike settles play-off first leg|
|Nishikori, Wawrinka survive Geneva scares|
|Wolfsburg 1 Eintracht Braunschweig 0: Gomez penalty earns first-leg lead|
|Ruptured ACL sidelines Siegemund ahead of French Open|
|Gattuso denies return to AC Milan is a step back|
|Gutsy Garcia stays on track in Strasbourg defence|
|Kvitova practises at Roland Garros ahead of participation announcement|
|Man Utd´s Europa League title gave Manchester a lift - Ferguson|
|Carlsson outshines big names at Wentworth|
|Arbeloa, Calleri and Tore leave West Ham|
|Hull City confirm Marco Silva exit|
|I really want a title - Sokratis hints at Dortmund departure|
|Italy include Berardi in experimental squad to face San Marino|
|Man Utd boss Mourinho gets his way on Rashford as Southgate backs down over Under-21s|
|Norwich appoint Farke as Neil´s successor|
|Monk leaves Leeds after Radrizzani takeover|
|Raonic seals Lyon semi-final against Berdych|
|Arsenal must get in Hazard´s face, says Ramsey|
|Disappointed Slater understands Origin snub|
|Sagna departs as Manchester City exodus continues|
|Moses has no plan to stop Arsenal star Sanchez|
|Mathews: Malinga ready to shine in Champions Trophy|
|Van Garderen ends long wait for maiden stage win|
|Caballero the latest to depart Manchester City|
|England boss Southgate explains dropping Rooney|
|Cillessen could consider Barcelona exit in January|
|Navas leaves Manchester City|
|Kohli: England have no weaknesses|
|Djokovic enjoys first session with Agassi at Roland Garros|
|Man Utd captain Rooney: I have lots of offers|
|F1 Raceweek: Hamilton eyes ´unreal´ milestone, Ricciardo has unfinished business|
|Manchester City confirm Clichy departure|
|Mandzukic extends Juventus deal to 2020|
|Suarez out for 15 days with thigh injury|
|Ronaldo in Portugal´s Confederations Cup squad as Sanches misses out|
|Totti confirms Genoa will be his final Roma game|
|´Arsenal win would be a shock – Mertesacker is playing!´|
|Playing with Cristiano Ronaldo still hasn´t sunk in, says new Real Madrid signing Vinicius Junior|
|Liverpool goalkeeper Manninger to retire|
|He loves us! – Levy certain Pochettino will stay at Tottenham|
|London extends ATP Tour Finals deal until 2020|
|Rooney left out of England squad to play Scotland and France|
|Herrera would welcome Griezmann at Manchester United|
|Wales have great opportunity after avoiding group of death - North|
|City and United join forces with £1m donation to Manchester emergency fund|
|Robshaw and Ford to lead inexperienced England|
|Iniesta unsure over long-term Barcelona future|
|Kumble future uncertain as India advertise for new head coach|
|Makelele role is now the Kante role - Chelsea icon Claude passes baton to N´Golo|
|Bourdais walks out of hospital as recovery continues|
|Tennis Australia distances itself from Court´s marriage equality comments|
|Willian wants Chelsea stay amid Manchester United rumours|
|Beale to be rested for Australia Test series|
|Boateng rules out Bayern exit|
|Klopp wants Liverpool transfer dealings wrapped up as soon as possible|
|Andretti backs Alonso for Indy 500 glory|
|Barcelona express Messi support after lost appeal|
|Valverde a good option for Barcelona – Pique|
|Rizzo blasts two homers to lead Cubs past Giants|
|Pogba: I´d be very happy if Juve won Champions League|
|Smith plays down Ashes boycott amid ongoing pay dispute|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Palmeiras, Wilstermann progress|
|Chinese FA cracks down on soaring transfer fees to place Costa deal in doubt|
|Mata and Smalling describe extra Europa League motivation after Manchester attacks|