Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Dodgers, Diamondbacks brawl after Yasiel Puig hit
|06.12.13 at 8:01 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
Stanley Cup finals: Bruins at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Dodgers and Diamondbacks had a beanball battle Tuesday night, and unlike the Red Sox-Rays a day earlier, this one featured more physical confrontations.
The dispute started when Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy hit rookie phenom Yasiel Puig with a fastball that deflected off Puig’s shoulder and grazed his nose. It came in the sixth inning and apparently was retribution for Zack Greinke hitting Cody Ross the previous inning. Greinke responded by plunking catcher Miguel Montero in the back in the seventh.
“Puig gets hit in the face, Montero gets hit, it should have been really over at this point,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, adding: “If you can’t pitch inside without hitting someone in the head, you shouldn’t pitch inside.”
It wasn’t over. In the bottom half of the inning, Kennedy hit Greinke high on the left shoulder, with the ball apparently deflecting up into Greinke’s helmet, and was immediately ejected.
“That’s when it kind of got out of hand,” Los Angeles catcher Tim Federowicz said. “You can’t do that.”
The dugouts and bullpens emptied, and the coaches inflicted and received most of the damage. Mattingly threw down Arizona coach Alan Trammel, Diamondbacks coach Turner Ward was driven into a railing, and Dodgers coach Mark McGwire and Diamondbacks counterpart Matt Williams grabbed and pulled on each other’s jerseys while having an angry exchange.
“Everything happened so fast,” Mattingly said. “It just gets a little crazy out there.”
Said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario: “I was out of my mind just trying to protect my teammates. If you want to hit somebody, don’t hit a pitcher. Don’t hit guys in the head. That’s crazy.”
Said Montero: “It got pretty ugly. They came out of nowhere, just throwing punches. When everybody was trying to break it up, they just kept coming and throwing punches. It was like 25 against 72, because all the DL guys were out there, too. I guess their arms were feeling pretty good because they were throwing good punches.”
Following six ejections, Los Angeles went on to win the game, 5-3.
♦ Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o met the media Tuesday for the first time in a month and talked about the team keeping him under wraps as he transitions from an eventful senior year at Notre Dame.
“Coach [Mike McCoy] and the organization had a plan for me,” Te’o said. “That plan was to prepare me the best way for the season. We’re out here for football. I think that’s the bottom line. The plan was for me to focus on football, focus on getting my head in the playbook and just trying to make that transition as quickly as possible. I definitely have reaped the benefits of that and am thankful that I’ve had the time to just focus on the plays and focus on what goes on on the field. That has definitely helped me improve each day.”
Te’o insisted he hasn’t been distracted after the fallout from his fake girlfriend controversy.
“When we’re out on the football field, everything else doesn’t matter,” he said. “Thankfully for me, I’m surrounded by a bunch of teammates who have really pushed me to be better. All they care about is that No. 50 is working his butt off. I’ll take care of the work ethic part and for them, they just make sure that I’m going in the right direction. Personally, that hasn’t been difficult at all.
“We have a saying in the defensive room: `Keep the main thing the main thing.’ I’m here to play football. I’m here to be the best Charger I can be and I’m not going to let anything get in the way of that. We’ll keep the main thing the main thing.”
♦ Sergio Garcia left a note in Tiger Woods‘ locker Tuesday at the U.S. Open in Ardmore, Pa., after he was unable to set up a face-to-face meeting between the golf stars to address their recent dispute. After the two feuded through the press last month, Garcia made a racially insensitive joke and said he wanted to apologize.
“I did leave him a note — a handwritten note,” Garcia said. “And hopefully, he can take a look at it. It’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff. So hopefully, I’ll be able to do it. If not, at least he has read the note and he’s happy with that.”
The two had a brief exchange Monday, when Garcia approached Woods and shook his hand at the practice range.
“We didn’t discuss anything,” Woods said. “Just came up and said, ‘Hi,’ and that was it.”
Added Woods when asked if Garcia apologized: “No. It’s already done. We’ve already gone through it all. It’s time for the U.S. Open.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 12, 1984, the Celtics defeated the Lakers in Game 7, 111-102, to win their 15th NBA title. Which Celtic scored a game-high 24 points?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Guys kept battling back, and every time they did, I gave it right back to them. It’s unacceptable. I’ve got to do a better job.” – Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, after Tuesday’s 8-3 loss to the Rays
STAT OF THE DAY: 16 – Total 3-pointers by the Spurs in Tuesday’s 113-77 victory over the Heat, an NBA Finals record
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki continues to shine with his postgame interviews.
And here’s Kawasaki making some friends in the stands while signing autographs and singing the Canadian national anthem.
Argentinian soccer player Enzo Jose Jimenez gets a red card after trying to get a dog off the field by grabbing it around the neck and attempting (but failing) to throw it over a fence.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Cedric Maxwell, who also had a team-high eight assists and hauled in eight rebounds
SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Brad Delp, lead singer of Boston, was born on this day in 1951.
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