BALTIMORE—In the bottom of the fifth inning of a game the Orioles would lose 14-2 to the New York Yankees, a frustrated first-year manager and his underachieving first baseman engaged in a dispute that was caught on camera.
Manager Brandon Hyde and Chris Davis argued in the Orioles’ dugout. Hyde appeared to walk into the tunnel to move away from Davis, who was restrained by Mark Trumbo, hitting coach Don Long and second baseman Jonathan Villar.
Trumbo walked Davis down to the other end of the dugout, and he was removed from the game.
“It was just a disagreement we had in the dugout,” Hyde said. “What was said and what we talked about, I’m not going to get into. We’re going to keep it in house. It’s private.
“It was just something that happens sometimes. Frustration boils over a little bit when we’re not playing our best baseball the last couple games. Unfortunately, I’m embarrassed that it was caught on camera and people had to see it, but sometimes those things happen.”
Davis, who is hitting .182, struck out in his first at-bat. He was not in the Orioles’ clubhouse when it was opened to reporters.
Hyde wouldn’t say what precipitated the argument, but said Davis didn’t ask to come out of the game.
“I took him out of the game,” Hyde said. “We had words, and I took him out of the game. Me and Chris have a good relationship. Things happen in competitive environments. It was something that will pass and we’ll get through it, but it was just unfortunate it happened in the dugout.”
Hyde said he did not talk with Davis about the incident after the game. The Orioles are off Thursday and begin a three-game series with Houston on Friday.
“We were saying words back and forth to each other, and it got a little bit heated,” Hyde said. “That’s kind of the extent of it. It is what it is. I don’t think it’s common. It happens on occasion. Unfortunately, it was caught on camera. It was just a frustration issue. We’ll move past it and hopefully be closer for it.”
Trumbo, who has yet to play this season and is continuing to rehab his surgically repaired right knee, said he didn’t know what started the incident.
“I wasn’t there for all of it,” Trumbo said. “I kind of came in right when it made its way to me, and I just tried to do what I can to make sure everyone kind of tries to cool down a little bit.”
The Orioles, who had played their best baseball of the season in the weeks before the Yankee series, had an ugly three games and allowed 32 runs and an astounding 16 home runs.
“There was a little bit of a disagreement,” Trumbo said. “I think this game was particularly tough and almost nothing went our way so I think everybody was pretty frustrated and those things tend to happen. Hopefully, they don’t happen in front of everybody. In this case it kind of did. Not ideal, but not that big of a deal.
“I mean, this stuff happens. It rarely gets talked about because you don’t see it all the time. Tensions are always high in the big leagues and tonight just a little bit too much, I think.”
Means starts strong: John Means returned from the 10-day injured list and started for the first time in two weeks. Means said he wasn’t rusty and that his left biceps, which sent him to the IL, didn’t bother him.
Means struck out five in two innings and had allowed one hit in 3 1/3 before Gio Urshela doubled in the fourth. New York scored on an RBI single by Cameron Maybin and a three-run home run by Kyle Higashioka. The Orioles would have been out of the inning if Maybin’s short fly to right center had been caught. Centerfielder Stevie Wilkerson pulled up on the ball instead of taking charge on the play, and rightfielder Trey Mancini made a diving attempt at the last minute. It started a night of sloppy defense for the Orioles.
“I made one bad pitch, honestly,” Means said. “I had a long inning and made a mistake, made an 0-2 curveball. You learn in Little League you don’t hang a curveball, 0-2, just stupid, but I’m learning.
“I’ve done that the last two outings. I’ve kind of had an inning where a few guys get on and then I make a mistake and it ends up hurting me in the end. Something that guys who stay in this league just don’t do. Guys that have time, they just execute that pitch when the inning gets long.”
Means allowed four runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Yankees continue hitting: The Yankees hit five home runs — Higashioka’s three-run homer in the fourth and a two-run shot in the ninth, a pair of two-run home runs by Urshela in the fifth and sixth, and a solo shot by Maybin in the ninth.
New York set a major league record by hitting 52 home runs in 15 games against the Orioles, who have lost 12 straight to the Yankees and 15 consecutive at home.
The teams play their final four games of the season at Yankee Stadium beginning Monday.
Minor matters: Nate Karns, who had been outrighted by the Orioles to Triple-A Norfolk, has been released. Karns, who spent nearly all this season on the injury list with a right forearm injury, was 0-1 in four appearances. He didn’t allow an earned run in 7 1/3 innings.
Infielder Jose Rondon, who didn’t get a hit in his only at-bat with the Orioles, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Norfolk. Tides pitcher Chandler Shepherd, who spent one day with the Orioles last week but didn’t pitch, was named the International League Pitcher of the Week.
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