Dodgers-Rangers Benches Clear After Matt Kemp Runs over Robinson Chirinos

Matt Kemp runs over Robinson Chirinos

That lead to a shoving match between Texas catcher Robinson Chirinos and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. In the third inning, a single to right field ended with a collision at home plate.

Kemp, who was clearly beaten, barreled through catcher Robinson Chirinos trying to jar the ball loose, but to no avail.

The pair argued after they got to their feet, prompting Kemp to push Chirinos. Kemp returned the shove as both benches and bullpens emptied and formed a scrum at the plate. Kemp was restrained by Rangers starter pitching Cole Hamels.

The umpires convened during the half inning and ejected both Kemp and Chirinos. That rule prohibits a runner from "deviating from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher", including lowering his shoulder or pushing through with his hands.

Major League Baseball rules governing plays at home plate allow for contact when the catcher has the ball and is in the way, but it's likely Kemp would have been called out even if Chirinos had dropped the ball. The Rangers and Dodgers meet again August 28-29 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Kemp later said he "thought it was a clean play".

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