That drama is in the past, however.
"Our first focus is to get a win," Royals infielder Chris Getz said. "Everything else that happens just happens."
In his previous start against the Indians, Royals southpaw Jonathan Sanchez, who started on Tuesday, hit right fielder Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch in the knee. Choo took exception, noting the shattered left thumb he endured as a result of a Sanchez fastball last June when the hurler was pitching for the Giants.
When Indians right-hander Jeanmar Gomez struck Mike Moustakas with a pitch in the ensuing half-inning, tempers flared and Gomez, Indians skipper Manny Acta and third baseman Jack Hannahan all were ejected.
Choo insists that he has moved past the incident.
"It was over 10 days ago. I don't think about it anymore," Choo said. "Last year, he broke my thumb. That's why I was sensitive."