Benches clear after Machado clips Aguilar’s leg in NLCS

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"He's a player who has a history of those types of incidents", said Yelich.

In the 10th inning, Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado allowed his left leg to clip the lower right leg of Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar at first base while getting thrown out on a routine play. "I don't know. Call it what you want".

Brewers players were quick to defend Aguilar - and point fingers at Machado. With two runners on and one out in the first, Machado went to the plate and, as is customary with a player's first at-bat of the game, said hello to home-plate umpire Jim Wolf. That's just not my personality, that's not my cup of tea. Counsell said he doesn't expect advanced warnings from the umpiring crew and brushed aside the notion that Machado's antics would spark unnecessary distractions.

Machado will in fact be fined by Major League Baseball, but not suspended. The two hugged after Machado singled in the 13th inning, just before Machado scored the game-winning run on Cody Bellinger's walk-off single to tie the NLCS at two games apiece going into Game 5 on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

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Players run through the first-base bag and avoid such collisions all the time, but Machado was in the middle of a frustrating day.

Both Machado and Aguilar said after the game that they had no quarrel with each other, and Aguilar said Machado apologized to him.

Brewers minor-league pitcher Braden Webb said it was "very unprofessional".

Just a few weeks before the 26-year-old Machado likely hits the open market as one of the most desirable free agents in baseball, the big-hitting shortstop has become the latest star to tread the well-worn line between fierce competitors and dirty players. If it's an accident, it's an accident; but on the replay to us, it clearly looks like you clearly go out of your way to step on someone.

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