Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran hit Toronto’s Jose Bautista in the left thigh with his second pitch of the at-bat in the top of the first inning Thursday night at Atlanta.

The Braves weren’t pleased by Bautista’s bat flip on a homer in Wednesday night’s game.

Bautista walked calmly to first base, while both dugouts were warned by plate umpire Paul Emmel.

Benches emptied in Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta after Bautista homered to left field, stood at home plate and stared toward pitcher Eric O’Flaherty before flipping the bat away with an authoritative toss.

Jace Peterson said something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.

No punches were thrown, but O’Flaherty didn’t mince words about Bautista’s actions.

“That’s something making the game tough to watch,” the pitcher said, referring to previous home run celebrations by the Toronto slugger. “It’s turned into look-at-me stuff. He hit a home run with [the Braves holding] a five-run lead and throws the bat around. I’m just tired of it. I’ve seen it from him enough.”

In his second at-bat, Bautista lasered a double to left field off Teheran with no outs in the third inning.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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