Frustration bloomed early in the second game of a four-game series between the White Sox and Yankees on Friday. The Yankees put up 15 runs on the White Sox in Game 1 of the series, and White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson apparently didn’t forget.
In the first inning of their second meeting, Anderson was sent back to third base by catcher Jose Trevino’s throw. As Anderson was getting back, Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson applied a hard tag that knocked Anderson off the bag, and also apparently drove his knee into Anderson’s arm.
The third-base umpire immediately spotted the move and called time, ending the play there and allowing to get their bearings.
Josh Donaldson and Tim Anderson exchange words after this play at third.
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Things could have, and probably should have, ended there, but for whatever reason the benches and bullpens decided that their presence was required on the diamond.
Cole strikes out Pollock and Trevino tries to get Anderson leading off of third and Anderson does not like it pic.twitter.com/WG5ubOsMCS
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What followed was a strange, slow saunter onto the field by both sides. Neither one seemed to know what it was trying to achieve. Anderson and Donaldson both seemed to say that things were fine, but some wires apparently got crossed.
The situation on the field calmed down quickly and Anderson and Donaldson appeared to be OK with each other afterward.