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Eaton pushed off second, benches clear in Sox-Indians

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In the very first inning after Carlos Rodón no-hit the Cleveland Indians, there were more fireworks on the South Side.

The White Sox and Indians got into an on-field brouhaha, the benches clearing after a controversial play at second base involving right fielder Adam Eaton.

With Tim Anderson on first, Eaton singled to right. The throw went to third base, where Anderson was safe, and Eaton attempted to move to second on the throw. He slid into second, where he became tangled up with Cleveland shortstop Andrés Giménez, ending up off of the bag and called out.

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Eaton clearly felt he was pushed off the bag by Giménez and was instantaneously irate, getting into it with multiple Cleveland infielders and causing the benches and bullpens to empty.

Eaton, playing with his usual intensity, slid in hard, so it was difficult to tell whether Giménez forced Eaton off the base on purpose or not. It's possible the two were simply tangled up and Giménez lost his balance, bringing Eaton away from the base with him.

No one was ejected, but it was not a triumph of social distancing and a clear violation of baseball's health-and-safety protocols as the game continues on amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was also the latest chapter in the rivalry between the two AL Central foes. They'll meet 15 more times after Thursday's game.

 

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