|Leyland unhappy with brushback pitch from Rodney|
|Written by By The Associated Press|
|Sunday, 30 June 2013 11:55|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — One of Justin Verlander’s best starts of the season got away from the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.
Yunel Escobar had an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays came back for a 4-3 victory over the Tigers.
But it was Fernando Rodney’s brushback of Miguel Cabrera in the top of the 10th that had the Tigers fuming. Cabrera hollered from the Detroit dugout after striking out on a changeup after Rodney (3-2) came high and inside on a 1-2 pitch.
Cabrera did not want to comment after the game, saying only that “We’ve got to play tomorrow” while looking at his cell phone. But manager Jim Leyland had plenty to say.
“I’m not saying he was throwing at him; I’m not saying that at all, but if you’re going to throw inside, you’ve got to be careful you’re not in the head area,” Leyland said.
“If you want to run the ball inside, I don’t blame him. There’s nothing wrong with that. That’s part of the art of pitching. Pitchers have to do that. But up there is not acceptable and there’s a price to pay for that.”
Leyland, who managed Rodney for parts of four seasons in Detroit, said he would not buy the explanation that the pitch had gotten away from the Rays’ closer.
“He’s pitched long enough that they don’t get away up there in that area,” Leyland said.
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