BALTIMORE -- A year ago, Manny Machado was the toast of baseball.

He was an All-Star and got solid mention in the MVP voting at just 21 years old.

Now, in the eyes of the A's anyway, he's just toast.

The A's beat Machado's Baltimore Orioles 11-1 Sunday. Machado unintentionally knocked the A's Derek Norris out of the game in the sixth inning by twice winging the catcher with his backswing.

Then in the eighth inning, Machado didn't like a first pitch inside from the A's Fernando Abad. His reaction was to swing and release the bat after a second inside pitch, the bat flying in the general direction of third base.

That, the A's contend, was as intentional as anything they've seen all season, and the benches cleared. And although Machado denied it, the umpires sided with Oakland and threw him out of the game.

"That was worst temper tantrum I've probably ever seen on a baseball field," winning pitcher Scott Kazmir said. "He tried to say that he lost the bat. That clearly wasn't the case."

On Friday, Machado got into it with third baseman Josh Donaldson, saying Donaldson tagged him too hard. Because of that, several A's said they were ready just in case Machado did anything untoward.

A's designated hitter John Jaso, who drove in four runs with a double, single and grounder, ran as hard as he'd run all day going from the dugout to the plate area where Machado was.


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"It got pretty intense there for a while," Jaso said. "There is a certain respect you have to have for this game. When I feel that somebody doesn't see that and doesn't respect the game, I really don't like it.

"I felt there wasn't respect for the game coming from one player. He said the tag (Friday) was hard, but on video, it was just a normal tag. And you start to think, 'Who does this guy think he is?' "

Machado seemed to think he was a guy misunderstood.

"The bat slipped out of my hands," he said. "I was trying to make contact."

Umpire crew chief Larry Vanover wasn't buying any of that. He ejected Abad for throwing inside at Machado twice and Machado for intentionally throwing the bat.

"It was obvious (Abad) threw at him the second time," Vanover said. "The first time you have some doubt, but the second time there was no doubt he threw at him. And then (Machado) threw the bat. That wasn't accidental."

Major League Baseball likely will review video of the play to see if fines and/or suspensions are warranted.

"There's no room in baseball for that," Donaldson said. He was out of the game by the eighth but said, "Without a doubt the bat tossing was intentional."

"I hope Major League Baseball looks into that. They really should."

The A's were unhappy in the extreme that Machado didn't apologize to Norris for hitting him with his backswing twice. Norris said, "I thought I caught him smiling once," then shook his head.

"(Machado) can't leave here today thinking he's done nothing wrong," Norris said. "What he is doing is a disgrace to baseball. Things like that stain your career. When Delmon Young hit a (minor league) umpire unintentionally (with a bat in 2006), that stained his career for years."

Oakland's blowout win was a tuneup for a three-game series against the Angels in Anaheim starting Monday. The A's take an American League-best 39-24 record into the series. When the teams met in Oakland just over a week ago, the A's swept the three-game set, outscoring the Angels 26-11.

  • Norris said he was fine after a few minutes in the clubhouse. He expects to be available to play Monday.

  • Jaso thought he hit his first career grand slam in the third inning. An umpire's review, however, downgraded him to a two-run double.

  • Brandon Moss came up three batters after Jaso and delivered the second grand slam of his career, both in his last seven games.

  • The A's have now won six games by 10 or more runs this year, "most of them in this manner," manager Bob Melvin said. He was referring to the season-high 11 walks the club received from Orioles pitching.

  • The A's are 3-0-1 in their last four series.

    For more on the A's, see John Hickey's Inside the A's blog at ibabuzz.com/athletics. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JHickey3.

    Monday's game
    A's (Jesse Chavez 5-3) at L.A. Angels (Garrett Richards 5-2), 7:05 p.m., CSNCA