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Alleged Alcides Escobar text to Brett Lawrie on his late slide: 'That's stupid, you did it on purpose.'

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The Royals shortstop appears to be escalating the tensions that arose after the Oakland A's third baseman's late slide Friday night.

Kansas City Royals trainers help shortstop Alcides Escobar off the field after he was injured by a late slide from Oakland A's third baseman Brett Lawrie.
Kansas City Royals trainers help shortstop Alcides Escobar off the field after he was injured by a late slide from Oakland A's third baseman Brett Lawrie.
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After Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and Athletics players downplayed A's third baseman Brett Lawrie's late slide into Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar Friday night, Escobar appeared to escalate matters in answers to reporters in this afternoon's press gaggle, and with an alleged text sent to Lawrie last night from a number Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said was Escobar's phone number.

Lawrie told A's beat reporters he got Escobar's phone number from the Royals first baseman and sent Escobar an apology. Lawrie showed the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser the exchange:

Today, however, in the Royals clubhouse, Escobar denied Lawrie even contacting him.

Royals Public Relations director Mike Swanson checked with Escobar, and Escobar showed Swanson the lack of text messages from his phone, according to Susan Slusser. Escobar suspects Hosmer gave Lawrie the wrong phone number:

Whether we see any sort of retaliation tonight depends on the weather, but Escobar seems to be raising the stakes for his teammates to do something like plink Lawrie to show Escobar support. Whether that comes true tonight depends on the weather, which shows a high chance of rain at the 4:10 Pacific Time first pitch but tapering off into the evening.

Escobar is available for tonight's game, but was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons.