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Yordano Ventura ejected after hitting Brett Lawrie with pitch

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yordano Ventura has been ejected from Kansas City's game against Oakland after hitting A's third baseman Brett Lawrie with what appeared to be a retaliatory pitch.

Lawrie drew the ire of the Royals the previous night when he slid hard and late into Alcides Escobar at second base. Escobar wound up with a sprained left knee in the collision.

Prior to Saturday's game, Lawrie said he had texted Escobar to apologize, Escobar however said he never received a text from Lawrie.

"I reached out to him [Friday] night in a text message, and he got it," Lawrie said. "I have the text message. I did reach out to him, and I sent a number of paragraphs and he messaged me back and he didn't really seem to care about my apology to him. He actually said it was stupid and that it was intentional."

"No, he don't say nothing. I don't hear nothing from him," Escobar contended. "Yeah, I'm surprised because when you do a guy like that you say, 'My bad.' He don't say nothing. I don't know why."

Ventura had already been pounded for five runs in the fourth inning when Lawrie stepped to the plate Saturday night. Ventura uncorked a fastball that hit Lawrie on the left elbow, and plate umpire Jim Joyce immediately ejected the hard-throwing right-hander from the game.

Both benches and bullpens emptied for the second straight night. No punches were thrown.

Yohan Pino replaced Ventura, who was cheered as he entered the dugout.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.