One night after a benches-clearing brawl led to five ejections, the Royals and White Sox were tied at 2 when Friday’s game was suspended by rain heading into the ninth inning. Managers Robin Ventura of the White Sox and Ned Yost of the Royals huddled with the umpires after the eighth, and then crew chief Tim Welke waved the players off the field. It will be resumed on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. CT with the Royals batting in the top of the ninth.

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Manager Ned Yost insists his Kansas City Royals are not at fault for a string of fights. Yost spoke before Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, a day after the teams were involved in a benches-clearing melee that resulted in five players being ejected. The defending AL champion Royals were leading the Central division at 12-4. The latest was at the end of the seventh inning Thursday, when Yordano Ventura snagged a grounder by Adam Eaton.

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The Kansas City Royals earned a reputation for being a scrappy bunch last year, when they stole bases and dazzled on defense and used old-school small ball to reach Game 7 of the World Series. Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura snagged a grounder from Chicago outfielder Adam Eaton and the pair appeared to exchange words before Ventura threw to first to end the inning. Several punches were thrown and Kansas City’s Ventura, Lorenzo Cain and Edinson Volquez were ejected along with Chicago’s Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija. In the top of the fifth, Sale hit Mike Moustakas, leading to warnings for both benches.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Benches cleared at the end of the seventh inning of Thursday's game between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox.

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The Kansas City Royals stayed in their fighting mood. A benches-clearing fight led to five ejections several innings before Eric Hosmer hit the go-ahead double in the 13th to lead the Royals to a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. With two outs, Hosmer’s hit off Chicago’s Jake Petricka (0-1) brought in Jarrod Dyson. ”With two or three scrums going on you’re always worried about somebody getting hurt,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

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Jeff Samardzija wound up in the win column for the first time with the Chicago White Sox, helped by a couple of big swings Jose Abreu took against Corey Kluber. Samardzija threw six shutout innings as the White Sox trounced the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and the Cleveland Indians 6-0 on Wednesday. Samardzija (1-1) had been winless in his first three starts for the White Sox. ”You get new teammates and you want to make sure you prove your worth to them,” said Samardzija, acquired in a trade with Oakland in December.

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It had been a while since Mike Pelfrey saw a ‘W’ next to his game in the box score. Pelfrey pitched seven scoreless innings to pick up his first victory since 2013 as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 Wednesday night. ”We needed a lift, and Mike gave us one,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said.

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Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City is known for its fountains in the outfield, but clearly the Fountain of Youth is nowhere within its confines. We know as much, because despite Torii Hunter’s most aggressive efforts to relive his younger, more athletic days during Wednesday’s Twins-Royals tilt, his efforts were met with disappointment and despair. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] With the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, Hunter thought he might catch Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie off guard by charging down the third-base line with an attempted straight steal of home plate. At the time, the thought process was honestly quite puzzling.  Was Hunter inspired by the Royals aggressive style of play? Perhaps the now 39-year-old outfielder was looking to literally steal a run, as the terminology would imply, for a struggling offense. Perhaps he just thought it was the right thing to do at the time based on what he’d seen from Guthrie on the hill. Or, perhaps, it was in fact an attempt to relive past glory.  Torii Hunter has stolen home once before – 5/4/02 vs. Detroit. #MNTwins — Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) April 23, 2015 As we learned after the game, it was actually entirely strategic based on observations he’d made about Guthrie. “I said if he doesn’t look at me, I’m going, and he didn’t, so I took off,” Hunter said. “I saw a weak link there with his slow delivery, but he kind of sped it up and short-armed the ball. He threw it in the dirt and it was right there for [Salvador] Perez, who has a Gold Glove. But if he throws it anywhere up I’m safe.”   He even got the nod of approval from manager Paul Moiltor. “I gave him a little nod and I wasn’t sure if he took me seriously, but he did,” Molitor said. “So it was a weird play. It was obviously a sped-up delivery once Guthrie saw what was going. It was awkward with him not getting his foot down before he released the ball. I wanted to get an explanation on a balk.” Unfortunately, both should have thought twice, because once Guthrie spotted him out of the corner of his eye, he was able to adjust quickly and get the ball to catcher Salvador Perez, who applied the tag to end the rally. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] And that’s the real issue here. The timing. Again, it’s a bases loaded situation for Minnesota. Two outs, sure, but a rare chance to break a game open already with a three run lead.  It ended up not being costly in the grand scheme, as the Twins held on to a 3-0 victory behind Mike Pelfrey, who earned his first MLB victory since 2013. But perhaps the next time Hunter finds himself in that position with an itch to steal home, he should run these things through his mind.   Things 39-year-olds should not do. 1) Go to the club 2) Act like a 21-year-old 3) Try to steal home like Torii Hunter just did. He was out. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 23, 2015 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City is known for its fountains in the outfield, but clearly the Fountain of Youth is nowhere within its confines. We know as much, because despite Torii Hunter’s most aggressive efforts to relive his younger, more athletic days during Wednesday’s Twins-Royals tilt, his efforts were met with disappointment and despair. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] With the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, Hunter thought he might catch Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie off guard by charging down the third-base line with an attempted straight steal of home plate. At the time, the thought process was honestly quite puzzling.  Was Hunter inspired by the Royals aggressive style of play? Perhaps the now 39-year-old outfielder was looking to literally steal a run, as the terminology would imply, for a struggling offense. Perhaps he just thought it was the right thing to do at the time based on what he’d seen from Guthrie on the hill. Or, perhaps, it was in fact an attempt to relive past glory.  Torii Hunter has stolen home once before – 5/4/02 vs. Detroit. #MNTwins — Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) April 23, 2015 As we learned after the game, it was actually entirely strategic based on observations he’d made about Guthrie. “I said if he doesn’t look at me, I’m going, and he didn’t, so I took off,” Hunter said. “I saw a weak link there with his slow delivery, but he kind of sped it up and short-armed the ball. He threw it in the dirt and it was right there for [Salvador] Perez, who has a Gold Glove. But if he throws it anywhere up I’m safe.”   He even got the nod of approval from manager Paul Moiltor. “I gave him a little nod and I wasn’t sure if he took me seriously, but he did,” Molitor said. “So it was a weird play. It was obviously a sped-up delivery once Guthrie saw what was going. It was awkward with him not getting his foot down before he released the ball. I wanted to get an explanation on a balk.” Unfortunately, both should have thought twice, because once Guthrie spotted him out of the corner of his eye, he was able to adjust quickly and get the ball to catcher Salvador Perez, who applied the tag to end the rally. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] And that’s the real issue here. The timing. Again, it’s a bases loaded situation for Minnesota. Two outs, sure, but a rare chance to break a game open already with a three run lead.  It ended up not being costly in the grand scheme, as the Twins held on to a 3-0 victory behind Mike Pelfrey, Casey Fien and Glen Perkins. But perhaps the next time Hunter finds himself in that position with an itch to steal home, he should consider the following.  Things 39-year-olds should not do. 1) Go to the club 2) Act like a 21-year-old 3) Try to steal home like Torii Hunter just did. He was out. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 23, 2015 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Thursday:

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