A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday:

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Respected for how hard they played during their run to World Series in 2014, the Kansas City Royals have taken that approach to a more intense level while starting strong this season. Following another bench-clearing incident, it’s uncertain if emotions will remain high Friday night when the visiting Royals look for a sixth consecutive victory over the Chicago White Sox. Mostly the same group that relied on small ball, sound defense and stellar relief pitching to win the AL pennant last season, Kansas City (12-4) has earned a somewhat dirtier reputation from opponents and the media so far in 2015. After hard slides and hit batters led to the benches clearing in all three games with Oakland last weekend, the Royals were at it again during Thursday’s 3-2, 13-inning victory over the White Sox (6-9).

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After Nick Tropeano shut down the Oakland Athletics in a dazzling debut, three relievers escaped big jams with the help of some stellar defense. When the Los Angeles Angels play this well otherwise, one hit is plenty. Tropeano pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Kole Calhoun’s two-run homer was the Angels’ only hit in a 2-0 victory Thursday night. Calhoun homered in the third, and four pitchers combined on an eight-hit shutout that allowed the Angels to salvage a split a four-game series with their upstate AL West rivals.

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today: — READY FOR A RECORD The New York Mets will try to tie the team record of 11 straight wins. Bartolo Colon starts against Atlanta as the Mets attempt to match the club mark done four times, most recently in 1990. New York is 9-0 at Citi Field this year. COOL DOWN Young Royals ace Yordano Ventura will try to keep his composure when he starts in Chicago vs. the White Sox.

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Brad Johnson runs down the last week of closer news and offers advice on stolen base targets.

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The Los Angeles Angels had a pretty easy time against Oakland pitching – until they faced first baseman Ike Davis. Johnny Giavotella hit a three-run homer, his first for the Angels after the second inning was extended by a replay review, and the defending AL West champions routed the Athletics 14-1 Tuesday night to end a three-game skid. Giavotella had a career-high four RBIs and Kole Calhoun tied a career-best with four hits, including a three-run homer. Giavotella was acquired in a trade from Kansas City in December and won the second base job in spring training after Howie Kendrick was dealt to the Dodgers.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:

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Yasmany Tomas took his last practice swings, packed his bat and carried his oversized No. 24 duffel bag toward the clubhouse. ”Where’s the fat guy?” the 24-year-old Tomas asked, suddenly uneasy with the small frenzy. He called again for his interpreter and full-time assistant, Ariel Prieto. Realizing his countryman was on another field at the Arizona Diamondbacks practice facility, Tomas paused, then walked toward the fans alone.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tempers flared again Sunday in the Oakland-Kansas City series, with four more Royals getting ejected.

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It’s been quite a hostile weekend for the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics. Tempers flared Friday, when Brett Lawrie’s hard slide injured Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] The Royals responded Saturday by plunking Lawrie in the elbow. Pitcher Yordano Ventura was immediately ejected from the game, and benches cleared, though no punches were thrown . In most circumstances, that would be the end of the feud. In this instance, things boiled over again Sunday. Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was hit on the foot in the first inning by A’s starter Scott Kazmir. After the game, Kazmir suggested it was unintentional. Kazmir, on pitch that hit Cain. “It wasn’t intentional. … I don’t think anyone tries to throw at someone’s toe” if they want to hit them. — Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichCSN) April 19, 2015 Both benches were warned and Royals manager Ned Yost was ejected after Kazmir was allowed to remain in the game. Things escalated again the in eighth. Kelvin Herrera threw a 100 mph pitch behind Lawrie’s head, and was immediately ejected from the game. Lawrie was able to keep things together at first, but erupted after seeing Herrera point to his head as he was leaving the field.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Lawrie interpretted Herrera’s gesture to mean Herrera was going to hit him in the head next time the two meet. Herrera claims the pitch slipped, and was telling Lawrie to “think about it.” Kelvin Herrera says his grip slipped on that pitch to Brett Lawrie. He said he pointed to his head to say “Think about it.” — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) April 19, 2015 Lawrie had some choice words for Herrera following the game, according to the Kansas City Star. Benches cleared for the second straight day, though clearer heads mostly prevailed. Both interim manager Don Wakamatsu and Alcides Escobar were ejected in the ensuing argument. Wakamatsu was automatically ejected since both teams had already been warned. Escobar was thrown out after yelling from the dugout. Hitting coach Dale Sveum managed the rest of the game for Kansas City. The Royals went on to win the game 4-2. Billy Butler, who spent his first eight seasons in Kansas City before joining the A’s during the offseason, said he didn’t feel as though the situation was “handled right,” according to the Kansas City Star.  The two teams are set to meet three more times this season. Given the emotions following Sunday’s game, it’s tough to see the two sides reconciling before the next series. The two clubs won’t play until June, so let’s hope cooler heads prevail before then. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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