Gibbons, Osuna ejected after early warnings

Gibbons, Osuna ejected after early warnings

TORONTO -- The bitter rivalry between the Blue Jays and Orioles was renewed on Friday night in a game that saw Jose Bautista and Adam Jones hit by pitches while Toronto manager John Gibbons, bench coach DeMarlo Hale and right-hander Roberto Osuna were all ejected in the Blue Jays' 5-4 win at Rogers Centre.

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The on-field drama began in the bottom of the first inning when Bautista came to the plate for his first at-bat of the series. He took a called strike on the first pitch before right-hander Mike Wright appeared to graze Bautista's chest with a 91-mph fastball.

Bautista's immediate reaction was to stare back at the mound and he then exchanged words with Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. Home-plate umpire CB Bucknor issued a warning to both dugouts, which prompted Gibbons to run onto the field in protest. After a brief -- but heated -- conversation, Gibbons was ejected for the second time this season.

"A little paranoia or something there," Gibbons said. "I don't think that's right. I think I have a right to question. I was a little bit shocked and I was a little bit shocked [by the ejections] later in the game too."

Tensions were raised again in the top of the eighth inning when Jones stepped into the batter's box with runners on the corners and one out. Osuna worked the count to 3-1 before he hit Jones on the left side of his body with a 96-mph heater. Bucknor promptly ejected Osuna and Hale, who had taken over in the Blue Jays dugout for Gibbons.

Jones said he wasn't bothered by the whole affair.

"At the end of the day, the pitchers got to be able to pitch inside. I don't mind if the ball is coming inside. I don't mind it," he said. "If I went up there and knew 100 percent that they couldn't come inside and I had the whole outside plate to look at, that changes things up. You got to respect the game, it didn't bother me at all."

There has been no love lost between these two sides dating almost two years. It originally began when Bautista and Orioles reliever Darren O'Day got into a verbal altercation during a series in June 2013. Bautista believed that O'Day said something while walking off the field following a strikeout and that prompted the first on-field argument.

Later in that series, Bautista homered off O'Day and had several choice words for the veteran righty as he rounded the bases. The situation then continued in 2014 when Blue Jays rookie Marcus Stroman received a six-game suspension for what was believed to be in retaliation for Joseph stepping on the hand of Jose Reyes during a close play at the plate. Later in that series, O'Day hit Bautista with a pitch, but the Toronto slugger took first base without incident.

Bautista was reluctant to engage in a war of words postgame, and preferred to stay on the topic of the Blue Jays' win.

"I'm not gonna contribute to turning this into TMZ or a gossip column, so I'd rather just talk about the facts and things that happened during the game," he said.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.