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Manny Machado, who brawled with Yordano Ventura, reached out to the Royals after his death

Manny Machado, who brawled with Yordano Ventura, reached out to the Royals after his death

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado charged the mound against Kansas City Royals Yordano Ventura in June in part because of a fundamental fear: that a pitch could keep him out of the game he loved.

"When somebody's throwing 99 [mph] at you, it's going to hurt," he said after the benches-clearing brawl at Camden Yards. "You can ruin someone's career."

But in that anger and resentment was a surprising sense of perspective. "Whatever happened,...

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