White Sox-Yankees bench clear, Tony La Russa accuses Josh Donaldson of making racist remarks to Tim Anderson


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The bench was cleared on Saturday as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-5. After the game, White Sox manager Tony La Rusa accused Yankees’ Josh Donaldson of directing Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson to make “racist remarks”. Anderson said Donaldson called him “Jackie,” which he interpreted as a reference to Jackie Robinson, the pioneering Hall of Fame that incorporated Major League Baseball in 1947.

On his part, Donaldson acknowledged the remark and claimed that it was a shared joke between Anderson and himself.

Newsday’s Laura Albanese later tweeted that MLB was “concerned” about Donaldson’s remarks and plans to investigate..

The bench was first empty after a home plate match between Donaldson and White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal in the 5th inning.

A brawl was avoided, but Anderson had to be restrained by a pair of teammates. An earlier horse exchange with Donaldson may have triggered what you saw above. Here’s a look at its contents:

This may have something to do with the incident between Anderson and Donaldson in Chicago earlier this season.

Back on Saturday, it turns out Anderson and Donaldson have another short conversation in Episode 7.

The Yankees and White Sox, who have now met five times in the past nine days, are due to play a doubleheader on Sunday, so this issue could be re-examined one way or another.

Saturday’s Yankees win pushed the season 29-10 and the White Sox 19-20.

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