ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (USA TODAY) - When it came to the much-discussed pair of
up-and-in pitches, the managers staked out opposite positions on each of
them, and Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon expressed displeasure with reigning
American League Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.
"This guy is
outstanding, he's wonderful," Maddon said Sunday, after the Rays took a
key series from the Tigers with a 3-1 victory at Tropicana Field.
"I just wish he wouldn't cry so much."
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back story that led to Maddon's beef unfolded Saturday night. After
Tampa Bay's Fernando Rodney threw a 10th-inning pitch near the head of
Cabrera, Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn't accuse Rodney of throwing at
But he did say, "To throw up there in that area is not
acceptable. Somebody pays a price for that throughout baseball. That's
the way baseball is. There's no free lunch."
Maddon, the Rays'
skipper, said "there was no ill intent going on out there," but Rodney's
pitch prompted Cabrera to gesture toward the Rays dugout and direct a
few choice comments there.
On Sunday, Tigers starter Rick Porcello
hit Rays' No. 3 hitter Ben Zobrist on the wrist in the first inning as
Zobrist threw up his arm to block the pitch from hitting him in the
Maddon told reporters that Porcello undoubtedly hit
Zobrist on purpose. "I thought it was absolutely uncalled for, and
hopefully the league will take a look at that," Maddon said.
said of the Porcello-Zobrist moment: "It's part of baseball - guys get
hit in baseball games. That's all part of the game. Nobody is trying to
hit anybody." Porcello said the ball "got away from me."
umpire Vic Carapazza issued a formal warning to both teams as soon as
Zobrist was hit. No other batters were hit in the game.