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Seven players disciplined for Royals-White Sox brawl

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Sale approached Royals clubhouse after being ejected

Doug Padilla discusses White Sox pitcher Chris Sale approaching the Royals clubhouse after he was ejected from the game in the seventh inning.

In the aftermath of Thursday's brawl between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, six players have been suspended and a seventh has been fined for their roles.

For the Royals, pitcher Yordano Ventura received a seven-game suspension; pitcher Edinson Volquez a five-game suspension;  outfielder Lorenzo Cain a two-game suspension; and pitcher Kelvin Herrera a two-game suspension. Royals manager Ned Yost said all four of his players would appeal their suspensions.

"We understand that Major League Baseball has to do what they think is fair in situations like this," Yost said in a team release. "Now, we just have to wait for the appeals process to play out."

For the White Sox, pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija got five-game suspensions. Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers was not suspended but was fined an undisclosed amount, as were the players who got suspended.

The fight took place in the seventh inning Thursday, starting near the first-base foul line, ranging out toward second base and resuming again near the first-base bag, ending with the ejection of five players, including both starting pitchers, Ventura and Sale.

Nerves appeared to be on edge after the White Sox's Jose Abreu was hit in the left elbow by a Ventura pitch in the fourth inning, and the Royals' Mike Moustakas was hit in the upper right arm by a Sale pitch one inning later. Both benches were warned after Moustakas was hit.

But things didn't get ugly until Adam Eaton hit a comebacker at Ventura in the seventh inning. Television replays appeared to show that Ventura barked an expletive at Eaton before throwing to first base for the out.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed that Sale approached the Royals clubhouse after the fight. Sale was believed to have banged on the visitors clubhouse door in the eighth, one inning after the brawl.

The Royals-White Sox game on Saturday was rained out, meaning suspensions would begin Sunday unless players choose to appeal, as the Royals have.

Information from ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla was used in this report.