Punches were thrown Saturday night at Progressive Field. Cleveland Guardians All-Star third baseman José Ramírez and Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson traded punches after exchanging words following a tag play at second base. Ramírez, who slid in between Anderson's legs, appeared to be upset with Anderson and pointed at his head, then the two squared off.
"He said he wanted to fight," Ramírez told reporters after the game (per WEWS). "And if he wanted to fight, I had to defend myself."
Both benches and bullpens emptied once Anderson and Ramírez began throwing punches, and two teams remained on the field jawing at each other for several minutes even after the punches ceased