January 29, 2023

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Dust-up at home plate clears Sox, Yanks benches

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Tensions between Donaldson, Chicago spill over in the Bronx

NEW YORK — Tempers flared between the Yankees and White Sox on a steamy afternoon in the Bronx on Saturday, with both benches and bullpens emptying in the fifth inning after New York’s Josh Donaldson and Chicago’s Yasmani Grandal exchanged words at home plate.

The benches were warned after the incident, during which no punches were thrown and no ejections were issued.

With Donaldson and Grandal separated, the clubs clustered at home plate for several minutes, with White Sox manager Tony LaRussa and Yankees manager Aaron Boone both seeking clarification from home-plate umpire Nick Mahrley.

The Donaldson-Grandal dustup followed a similar jawing match between Donaldson and White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson after the third inning, which prompted the players to be separated as the Yankees left the playing field.

Anderson also participated in the fifth-inning chatter, jogging from his position toward home plate before being restrained by Chicago teammates José Abreu and Gavin Sheets.

The third-inning Donaldson/Anderson fireworks were a callback to a May 13 game between the White Sox and Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field. Both benches cleared following a first-inning play at third base that day, with Anderson having shoved Donaldson after being tagged.

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