The heat of the Major League Baseball pennant race is going to get to some players. The Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays both made trades near the deadline to improve their teams to a point where they are serious contenders now for the World Series. The two teams played this past weekend with the Blue Jays winning three of four games but it is what happened Sunday that is going to get a lot of people’s attention.

The two teams had two incidents that showed that tempers aren’t exactly numb. Royals starter Edinson Volquez hit Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson in the first inning with Donaldson taking a moment before walking to first base because he was clearly annoyed.

Volquez however had some very strong words for Donaldson after the game was over though as Volquez told reporters “He’s (Donaldson) a little baby. He was crying like a baby.”

The Blue Jays would go on to win the game 5-2 after the benches cleared in the eighth inning after another hit by pitch. While the Royals are still ten games ahead of the Blue Jays in the American League standings, the two teams appear to be a collision course for the postseason. There are some very interesting times ahead with these two teams especially if they end up playing for a berth in the World Series. The Houston Astros are coming fast too.

The Royals made it to the World Series last season and the Blue Jays haven’t been there since they won the World Series over two decades ago. It is two up and coming teams that are looking for the next step and winning that elusive title.

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Kansas City came within a game of doing it last season for the first time since 1985 and the Blue Jays last won in 1993. Young teams are going to fight it out. It is just the nature of the game and it is something that all baseball fans should love and learn to accept as time goes on through August and September. 

It would be good for Major League Baseball to have two small market teams getting together for a chance to make the World Series. The big market teams have controlled a lot over the year. Maybe fans will get to see a Volquez/Donaldson matchup again sometime soon. Too bad Cole Hamels wasn't around for another no-hitter in the process.