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Sports columnist Peter Schmuck talks about the incident involving Orioles center fielder Adam Jones at Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox. A fan threw a bag of peanuts at him and a handful of times he heard racial slurs from fans. (Baltimore Sun video)

The day after a Red Sox fan threw peanuts at and taunted Orioles center fielder Adam Jones with racial slurs, Boston media, players and fans alike reckoned with how to move past the ugliness Tuesday.

One idea: Give him a standing ovation. Ahead of Tuesday night's game, the symbolic gesture already had the endorsement of Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts.

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So when Jones came to the plate at Fenway Park for his first at-bat, fans stood and applauded.

More accurately, some fans stood and applauded. Others sat and applauded. Others just sat, perhaps out of a distate for the Orioles, perhaps out of a belief that one fan's actions should not consign an entire crowd to applauding Jones' return to the ballpark.

"I thought it was great," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after the game. "I was telling somebody it would have been apropos for him to be given an ovation, hit a home run and boo him going around so we got the whole gamut. Their pitcher [Chris Sale] wasn't going to let that happen. He was pretty good."

Jones said the crowd was better behaved with its taunts Tuesday, keeping race out of it and sticking to baseball. It was the first ovation he's ever received at a visiting park.

"Much appreciated," he said. "I said before it was much appreciated by [the] Boston Red Sox and MLB getting ahead of it, just appreciative that action was taken and that not everybody feels the same as selected people. It was much appreciated. [Red Sox pitcher Chris] Sale, who works extremely fast, took his time and let it relish a little bit, so I appreciate the sentiments."

Three pitches later, Red Sox fans were applauding again, because Jones struck out.

Then Sale threw a pitch behind Manny Machado.

Seems like everything's getting back to normal.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jon Meoli reported from Boston.

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