Volquez, Donaldson and More Royals, Blue Jays Comment After Benches Clear

Big winners at last week’s trade deadline, the Toronto Blue Jays fashion themselves as American League contenders. The Blue Jays took perhaps their first step in that direction over the weekend, taking three of four games from the Kansas City Royals despite the AL leader firing shots—figuratively and literally—in their direction. 

“He’s a little baby,” Royals starter Edinson Volquez told reporters of Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson after Sunday’s 5-2 loss. “He was crying like a baby.”

Volquez‘s words came after a series finale overrun with tension. Pitchers from each side had multiple instances of throwing inside, all culminating when Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez caused benches to clear by plunking Kansas City’s Alcides Escobar in the eighth inning.

Volquez and reliever Ryan Madson had thrown high and tight on Donaldson earlier in the game, with Volquez hitting him in the shoulder during the first.

“He can’t take it,” Volquez told reporters of Donaldson. “I don’t know why. He hit a lot of homers in the first couple of games and he was pimping everything he does. Somebody hits you, you’ve got to take it, because you’re pimping everything you do.”

In the seventh, Madson hit newly acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki before throwing inside to Donaldson. The latter event caused Blue Jays manager John Gibson to get thrown out for complaining that Madson was not thrown out of the game.

“When you give a warning like that and you see balls continually thrown around the head area, and then a ball that hits Tulowitzki in the chest, pretty much, it’s one of those things where you can’t question intent anymore,” Donaldson said, per ESPN. “There has to be repercussions for you giving a warning at the beginning, and I think that’s where he went wrong at it.”

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman appears to be siding with Toronto, tweeting, “Volquez should have been ejected. Can’t blame Donaldson/Jays for being upset.”

Royals manager Ned Yost said he thought umpire Jim Wolf did a “tremendous” job policing the game and understanding which side was throwing at hitters intentionally. That comment caused Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who had tried decreasing tensions at different points during Sunday’s game, to tweet he “lost a lot of respect” for Yost.

Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who has garnered a reputation for his fiery temper, responded to Bautista‘s tweets with a now-deleted warning of his own (via Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports):  

We’ll meet again later and if you do that with me, you’ll see what I’m about. I don’t care about anybody. I used to respect you, but you’re a nobody. … You got lucky this time, but MLB doesn’t get canceled after this season. Keep running your mouth. … You need to stop giving signs. You’re gonna get it from me for being fresh and you really are a nobody.

Kansas City and Toronto do not meet again during the regular season. However, the odds are increasingly high that a postseason matchup could be in order. The Jays are only one game out of the second Wild Card slot and look like favorites after landing Tulowitzki, David Price and Ben Revere at the deadline. The Wild Card Game winner would move on to play the top overall seed in the American League.

That team at the moment? Kansas City.

 

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Jets’ Muhammad Wilkerson Leaves Practice With Tweaked Hamstring

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Jets hope they aren’t without Muhammad Wilkerson for too long.

The star defensive end left practice Sunday with a tweaked hamstring, an injury coach Todd Bowles didn’t believe is serious.

Wilkerson, a key playmaker in Bowles’ defense, walked off the field at training camp about halfway through practice and headed straight to the locker room. He didn’t appear to be walking gingerly or with a limp.

“They took him inside just to stretch him (out),” Bowles said after practice.

The players have their first day off from practice on Monday, giving the 25-year-old a chance to rest the hamstring and perhaps be back on the field in some capacity Tuesday.

“I didn’t think it was serious,” Bowles said. “If it loosens up, he should be OK. Shouldn’t be out long.”

Wilkerson reported for camp despite being unhappy with his contract, which is in the last year of his rookie deal. Wilkerson is looking for a long-term extension.

Wide receiver DeVier Posey didn’t practice with what Bowles said was also a hamstring issue.

Rookie wide receiver Devin Smith was released from the hospital after staying two nights as a precaution, and watched practice from the side in a T-shirt and shorts. He’s out 4-6 weeks with broken ribs and a partially punctured lung, suffered while making a leaping catch in practice Friday.

The second-round pick out of Ohio State caught the ball that was deflected by cornerback Marcus Williams, but Smith was then hit from behind by safety Jaiquawn Jarrett as the three were making a play on the ball.

“I talked to him and he’s doing a lot better than he was,” Bowles said of Smith. “We’ll just go day by day.”

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Nike’s Air Force 1 Gets Rendered in Another “Pure Platinum” Colorway

Not quite as boisterous as its previous release, Nike’s iconic Air Force 1 silhouette returns in a wholly tonal make-up using the discreet “Pure Platinum” shade. Constructed with tumbled leather, a grey-ish, off-white hue saturates the entire upper, while white accents on the midsole and Swoosh add some subtle flair to the silhouette.

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Chelsea Handler Proves She’s The Queen Of Body Confidence After Revealing Her Ex-Boyfriend Fat Shamed Her!

Fierce!

There’s no doubt that Chelsea Handler‘s the queen of body confidence especially after her many topless moments on Instagram and Twitter. How could we forget her EPIC topless water skiing video from last month?!

Talk about the ultimate #FreeTheNipple advocate!

However, the 40-year-old’s current state of self assurance was met with its own share of obstacles in the past.

[ Related: Whitney Cummings Flaunts Healthy Figure With New Topless Photo ]

Oh no!

On Sunday, the funny lady took to the social media site to share another seXXXy snap of herself.

She posted:

You know, I had a boyfriend who told me my boobs were too big and that I was fat. And then, I looked in the mirror.A photo posted by Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) on Aug 2, 2015 at 6:32pm PDT

AH-Mazing! Way to SLAY girl!

There’s a reason THAT boyfriend is now an ex. In fact, we think this may be the best the TV personality has ever looked!!

What do U think of Chelsea’s bodacious bikini snap?! SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!

Airhook upgrades your economy plane ticket without moving you

The Airhook can hold smartphones or tablets up to 8 in (203 mm) tall and 0.8 in (20 mm) thick

Space on economy class flights is notoriously limited, especially with the tray table down. Craig Rabin has created a device that means your tray table can remain stowed for the most part. The Airhook attaches to the stowed table to hold an electronic device, a drink and a coat.

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