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Manny Machado on Yordano Ventura's death: 'Those are things you don’t [ever] want to happen'

Manny Machado on Yordano Ventura's death: 'Those are things you don’t [ever] want to happen'

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had his beef with Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura last season, but when a member of the baseball fraternity dies suddenly, all of that on-field animosity was quickly squashed.

That’s why Machado, who brawled with the Kansas City right-hander last season, reached out to Ventura’s family in the days after the pitcher’s death in the Dominican Republic.

On June 7 against the Royals at Camden Yards, Machado charged the mound after Ventura drilled Machado in the back with a pitch. That prompted a benches-clearing brawl and a continuation of bad blood between the Orioles and Royals that was born when the teams met in the American...

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