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Benches empty in Indians-Yankees game after Teixeira HBP

Jun 10, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

Mark Teixeira, Joe Girardi Getty Images

It never came to blows between the Red Sox and Yankees this week, but it almost did with the Tribe in town tonight.  After Fausto Carmona hit Mark Teixeira with a pitch in the second inning, the benches and the bullpens emptied, though no blows were exchanged.

The Indians were down 4-0 when a wild Carmona drilled Teixeira.  The previous batter, Curtis Granderson, had just homered.  There probably wasn’t a whole lot of intention on Carmona’s part. He struggled with his control right from the start tonight, walking three batters in the first inning.

But intentional or not, Teixeira did take offense.  He had just just gotten hit by the Red Sox on Tuesday, knocking him out of the game with a bruised knee.  Carmona’s plunking made it seven HBPs for him this season, and while Teixeira has always crowded the plate, that’s well ahead of his usual pace.  His career high for HBPs is 14, established in his rookie season in 2003.  He was hit 13 times last year.

Carmona and Teixeira jawed afterwards, and while it didn’t seem like anyone on either team wanted to throw a punch, managers Manny Acta and Joe Girardi got into a very heated discussion in the middle of the infield before things eventually calmed down.

This is just the opener of a four-game series, so there could be more to come.

  1. micker716 - Jun 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    It’s the media’s fault.

    • Justin - Jun 11, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      Curtis Granderson is on steroids

  2. djwhite2710 - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Even the one Indians announcer thinks the HBP was on purpose…granted Carmona was all over the place…but that one just looked on purpose…

    • clydeserra - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:14 PM

      it didn’t look intentional to me.

      My question is always: Why? There doesn’t seem to be any point to hitting Teixeira. So the simplest answer is, it wasn’t intentional.

      That’s my thinking anyway

    • ndirishfan1 - Jun 10, 2011 at 11:58 PM

      I was going to say, “Either it was intentional or Carmona has the worst control of all time.” Then rookie Whelan entered the game…

      • purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:03 AM

        If you’re any kind of a baseball fan at all, you have to feel for what’s happened to Cleveland this year and last. Their home attendance plunged all the way to 1.4M last year, then they finally get off to a great start this season only to encounter one of the most miserable spring weathers in decades and now they’re in free fall.

        I’ve spent a lot of time in Cleveland and it’s a great baseball town and their fans deserve better, but over the past 3-4 years they’ve made a lot of gutsy trades and re-stocked their farm system and it’s paying dividends, but it takes time for kids to grow into being solid big leaguers too.

        I don’t get why Texeira though is acting like such a pussy. Carlos Quinten of the White Sox gets hit all the time, yet I’ve NEVER seen him lose his cool towards the opposing pitcher. When you’re a pro and you know that you crowd the plate, you shouldn’t whine and cry when you get hit by a pitch!

      • bleedgreen - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:41 AM

        He thinks 14 HBP is a lot? Talk to Chase Utley. He’s been HBP an average of 25 times a season since 2007. That number dipped to 18 last year, but he missed 2+ months of baseball. I NEVER see him get angry. He just shrugs and takes his bag. Thanks for the free base, jackass.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Matthew, it’s a four game series, through Monday night.
    A Yankee HBP after a homer with a pitcher way behind…..Isn’;t that Conveeeeenient!

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM

      Whoops. Thanks.

  4. purdueman - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Damn! I’m sure everyone was hoping that a hockey game would break out!

  5. raw101 - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    He crowds the plate he deserves to get hit everytime

  6. ndirishfan1 - Jun 10, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Felt like an old school game with two managers going nose-to-nose. I enjoyed that intensity very much.

  7. djwhite2710 - Jun 10, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Tex had a great comment after the game. Carmona, as a sinkerballer, is always throwing balls low and away to Tex…so to have one come up in a in right after a homerun is very suspect.

    • purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:09 AM

      Doesn’t matter; throwing hard inside to back guys off the plate who crowd it has always been a part of the game and as a Yankee Texeira ought to know that. If you don’t want to accept the consequences of crowding the plate, then back off of it!

      • sparky1002 - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:52 AM

        Considering where Tex was hit, evidently the pitcher wanted Tex to back away from the plate by about 3 feet out of the strike zone! A “brush back” is not suposed to come in contact with the batters uniform.

      • purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 2:08 AM

        sparky… that rule, that a 5 1/2″ moving baseball thrown at 95 mph from only 66′ feet away can ba considered to be a “hit batsman” simply because it happens to graze the players uniform (but not hit his body), is the biggest joke rule in all of professional sports.

        Stop standing up for a wussy; next thing you know you’ll be wanting to take poor, helpless Texeira a warm glass of milk and some hot freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, tuck him into bed and read him a beddy-bye story. Poor baby!

      • sparky1002 - Jun 11, 2011 at 2:16 AM

        I have no problem with people laughing at the rule that requires an umpire to have a batter take his base after having his uniform struck by an errant pitchers throw…just as long as that umpire follows the rules. 😉

  8. jonirocit - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Bottom line is he hit him after the homer … It was intentional but so what Tex has a right to be pissed but carmona has a right to drill him . It’s part of the game .

  9. jaypace - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:12 AM

    Where was this fire when the red sox were beaning everyone in the last series.

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:28 AM

      Excellent question, jay. None of them had the nads to start something against Big Papi, AGon, and the Sox, but the all the rookies from Cleveland make an easier target. Agreed that it may have been intentional on Carmona’s part, but he did walk 3 in 4 innings and was clearly not throwing it where he wanted it at all. Interestingly, no retaliation from the Yankees pitchers? Perhaps because they know their bullpen sucks and cannot be trusted outside of Mo. This was an 11-2 game when Nova left after 7, and the bully gives up 5 runs. Better hope your starters can go deep, Yankee fans, because your relief pitchers suck.

      • purdueman - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        How can you say that Yankee relievers suck when they have Soriano, the $9M man, the immortal Boone Logan and the newly acquired Jeffrey Marquez?


        I’ve posted it before and I’ll post it again and again until proven wrong otherwise… Hank and Hal are like little insecure birdies… CHEAP! CHEAP!! CHEAP!!!

      • swisher4mayor - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:59 PM

        Well Jay this HBP seemed a lot more intentional then the ones by the Red Sox. Also, the Yankees did hit Big Papi during the series which clearly shows, that if they got mad they would be ready to fight. I think CC Sabathia could handle Big Papi and Jorge Posada can take care of AGon, which goes to show that the yankees can easily take care of the RedSox if they want. Also, just to tell you I am not a yankees fan, so dont think I’m being bias about this either.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:43 AM

      Beaning? I don’t recall anyone getting drilled in the skull during the Sox/Yanks series.

  10. swisher4mayor - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    My opinion is that this pitch was intentional. Obviously none of us will know for sure if it was intentional or not,but it sure seems as if it was. I mean just take what Girardi said into account. Carmona is a pitcher whose pitches go away from a lefty, and to get one on the back of Teixeira right after a Granderson homerun, sure is suspicious. The tribe is fortunate there were no punches, cause in my opinion I dont think anyone would want to mess with Girardi. He sure is a tough guy.

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jun 11, 2011 at 12:59 PM

      A tough guy??? He looks like an AIDS patient, like a strong fart could knock him over. I would be more afraid of CC or Colon sitting on someone than a punch from Tapeworm Girardi.

      • smarterthangirardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 5:56 PM

        I hope that your joking, I may be smarter than Girardi but I will never ever be stronger than him. He might even be stronger than Posada (if youve seen the arms on Posada you would know why thats impressive).

  11. swisher4mayor - Jun 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Obviously, takemytalentstosoutheuclid does not know what he is talking about. Girardi might not be the smartest manager or the tallest player, but he sure is strong. I bet his arms are the size of your head.

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