Sports Braves retaliate against Jose Bautista, then immediately pay for it

07:07  19 may  2017
07:07  19 may  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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  Look: Braves fan Photoshops Peterson into Odor-Bautista punch pic Look: Braves fan Photoshops Peterson into Odor-Bautista punch picOn Thursday, one day after Bautista drew the ire of Peterson and the Braves by flipping his bat following an eighth-inning homer in a heated affair at SunTrust Park, one Atlanta fan showed up to the ballpark brandishing a poster of last year's unforgettable punch - except with Peterson's face Photoshopped onto Odor's body. Peterson signed it.

Julio Teheran defended his team's honor by plunking Jose Bautista , but he was terrible after that and the Braves found themselves in a big early hole.

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Julio Teheran, Jose Bautista © (Getty Images) Julio Teheran, Jose Bautista

The Braves got their pound of flesh against Jose Bautista in the first inning Thursday. So not worth it, Atlanta.

Braves starter Julio Teheran hit the Blue Jays' Bautista in the left thigh with a fastball, a response to Bautista flipping his bat after hitting a home run Wednesday night. Unwritten rules followed to the invisible letter.

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Surprisingly, Bautista didn't threaten violence toward Teheran. He just went to first base. Again, because unwritten rules.

At that point, it was on Teheran to make sure the Jays didn't score. He failed.

Toronto put up a three-spot in the inning. Darrell Ceciliani doubled home Bautista, and then Chris Coghlan doubled home Ceciliani and Kendrys Morales.

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Worse for the Braves, Teheran gave up three more runs in the third inning before rain forced a delay.

So, to review: The Braves are down 6-0 with their best starter on the mound, who probably won't return to the game once the rain stops.

(UPDATE: Well, wrong there: Teheran did come out for the fourth inning. But he gave up home runs to catcher Luke Maile and pitcher Marcus Stroman to make it 8-0, Toronto.)

So not worth it, Atlanta. Karma is like that.

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Injuries sidelined Jose Bautista in 2016, limiting him to 116 games played. He then went unsigned in free agency for months before the Toronto Blue Jays, his team since 2008, finally signed him to a one-year deal in January.The narrative that an angry Bautista had something to prove bubbled prior to the beginning of the season. The Blue Jays had just made back-to-back postseason berths after two-plus decades of being on the outside looking in.But his season limped out of the gate. He didn't hit a home run until April 21, his 16th game of the season. As recently as May 8, Bautista was hitting a pathetic .169.

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