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Expect to see Delmon Young hit by a pitch tonight

Aug 18, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves caused a bit of a stir by saying that Chicago pitchers should consider throwing at Minnesota hitters to “see if you can start a fight” during the three-game series at Target Field that began last night.
Yet in Game 1 of the crucial series it was Delmon Young of the Twins who provided a potential opportunity for brawling by attempting to run over White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on a not-so-close play at the plate in the eighth inning.
Young took off for home on a ground ball and was thrown out by a solid 10 feet, but instead of sliding or going for a standard body-to-body collision he went high on Pierzynski without ever really making a move toward the actual plate.
Neither player has a reputation for being particularly easy to deal with, yet amazingly they retreated to their respective corners without further incident and neither bench emptied. However, it’s a pretty safe bet that Young will (coincidentally, I’m sure) be hit by a pitch in Game 2 tonight, which technically gives the Twins a head start in the Win Probability department since we can safely assume he’ll be on base at least once.

  1. doctorfunke - Aug 18, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    I don’t see this happening. Judging by what I read from A.J., there doesn’t seem to be any spillover from that incident, and since nothing really happened with regards to Nievessss’ comments last night, I think that all the bench clearing brawl fans out there will be disappointed. I think that if anything were to have happened in either case, it would have went down last night. And if something does happen, it will be in a blowout, and it will be fascinating. Watch out for Pavano, White Sox. We’ve seen what he does in celebrations, imagine the carnage he’s capable of in a brawl.

  2. The Common Man - Aug 18, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    He’ll only get on base if he doesn’t swing at the pitch. So, the odds are about 50-50.

  3. minnesconsin_ad - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    i don’t see anything happening. AJ’s a gamer and I can’t see him taking too much offense. even if they throw at delmon, the twins aren’t likely to clear the benches unless they throw at his head. that pitch to JJ last night wasn’t intentional or they would’ve come right back in on the next pitch.
    i just hope we don’t see a karate-style ruckus, a la the Reds/Cards brawl.

  4. ben s - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Young, by being a hit by a pitch, is the only Twin to reach base? And that spoiled a would have been perfect game?

  5. bgrant - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    I don’t think they will hit Delmon, at least not because of the minor play at home plate. They will likely continue to pitch Mauer in very close and might hit him, but hopefully not on purpose (of course!).

  6. bofarr - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    You’re assuming one of the White Sox pitchers actually can stand A.J. Pierzynski enough to make a gesture.

  7. TMW - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    No, he’s getting plunked. I’d imagine 2nd plate appearance as long as no one is on base.
    They’ve been talking on Chicago talk radio about why he wasn’t plunked in the 10th inning last night. Because sometimes there apparently needs to be a discussion about whether putting a lead off hitter on first base with no one out in the bottom half of an extra inning and possibly getting your best reliever tossed in a one run game is a good idea.

  8. Md23Rewls - Aug 18, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    More players should do to Pierzynski what Young did.

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