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Indians-Yankees round two: Mitch Talbot ejected after plunking A-Rod

Jun 11, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez plunked AP

After Friday’s benches-clearing incident in the game between the Indians and Yankees, umpire Dan Iassogna wasn’t going to tolerate any hijinks Saturday.  Iassogna tossed Cleveland’s Mitch Talbot in the bottom of the sixth for hitting Alex Rodriguez in the thigh, even though it was the first HBP for either team on the day.

In Iassogna’s defense, there were some suspicious circumstances here.  Curtis Granderson homered two batters before A-Rod stepped to the plate, and A-Rod himself had homered in his previous at-bat.

Still, it was just a 2-0 game at the time, with the solo homers accounting for the only scoring.  Talbot was defnitely hoping for a win at the time, not revenge. It was raining in New York, and Tablot clearly slipped on the mound while delivering the pitch that his A-Rod. Yankees PBP guy Michael Kay suggested it might have been acting, but with the awkward delivery, Talbot didn’t throw the pitch at full speed and what’s the point of intentionally hitting someone if you’re not going to rush the ball up there as hard as you can?

With Iassogna quickly taking control, there wasn’t much action in the dugouts after this one.  A-Rod dropped to his knees for a minute, but he was fine to continue.  Bartolo Colon is currently working on another shutout bid and would be foolish to retaliate with the score as is.  If there’s more to come, it probably won’t happen until Sunday or Monday.

  1. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    He clearly slipped on the mound, just saw the replay….

  2. smarterthangirardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    I don’t care if it was intentional or not they need to be more careful around our guys. This homestand is testing everyones patience and someone is eventually going to put a pitch in an Indian players mouth. As Len would say “Leave A-rod alone!!!”

    • Lukehart80 - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      “They need to be more careful around our guys.”

      That might be the lamest thing ever written on this site.

      • smarterthangirardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        No I’m pretty sure its not and since i won’t drop down to your level of immaturity I’ll give you a legitimate reason why that statement is 100% true. The Yankees one of the top 3 best teams in baseball so if other teams want that to stop, they need to learn how to be competitive rather than just plunking everyone and hoping they land someone on the DL. The Yankees need to stand up for themselves and thats baseball, get over yourself Luke you obviously have no idea what your talking about.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:11 PM

        Actually that is the lamest thing ever written on this site. Yep, opposing pitchers are trying to injure Yankees. In fact I think Francona leads a secret meeting on Thursday nights where the pitching staffs of all major league teams sit around and discuss what Yankee to injure this week. Also, the theory behind other teams “need to learn how to be competitive” is nonsense. What get a 250 million dollar payroll? Serious question, are you an Jeter fanboy?

      • paperlions - Jun 11, 2011 at 6:28 PM

        The competition is pretty stiff, but I agree…very well could be the lamest comment ever on HBT.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      Just a fact: Yankees are the second most HBP this season behind the Rangers, with Tex, ARod among the most in the league.
      With that fact, draw your conclusions, and , just by the way, Leave ARod Alone!

      • smarterthangirardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:27 PM

        Conclusion: Yankees>everyone else=hbp

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:34 PM

        You are wrong. It is the White Sox who lead the league in hit by pitches. And the difference between the Yankees and the other teams in the top ten is marginal. Stop with the paranoia.

      • smarterthangirardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 7:40 PM

        It’s not the season total, its the homestand,we have had 8 guys plunked in like 6 days it’s becoming ridiculous. By some miracle Tex didn’t land on the DL after the Lester plunking so Carmona decided to take out his anger and try again (Carmonas had the clearest intention of all of them) and although it might not be intentional, they werent careful and let one get too far inside and knocked A-rod on the hip. Just be ready for retaliation next time the Yankees have a strong pitcher and nothing to lose.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM

        Yep, pitchers should be extremely careful when pitching inside. They should groove everything across the middle…heaven forbid they hit somebody. Man, it happens. Batters stand over the plate, they get hit. Utley gets drilled constantly because he stands close to the plate. He doesn’t whine, doesn’t glare at the pitcher, just takes his base and moves on. If you are scared of getting hit, stand further from the plate.

      • smarterthangirardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

        Fair enough. Let them hit as many Yankee batters as they like but fair game is fair game… if they want to hit us then just expect retaliation.

    • swisher4mayor - Jun 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM

      I completely agree with smarterthangirardi. The tribe really needs to be very careful. Its no big deal they hit A rod, but the fact that they hit him in the hip which he had surgery in is a big deal. But it seems as if this HBP wasnt intentional so that was good, but the tribe better be ready for a few hit batters themselves. I dont think the yankees can be anymore patient with this matter. They have had about 8 to 9 batters hit in the last 5 or 6 games, which is absolutely ridiculous.

  3. metalhead65 - Jun 11, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    look I agree it sucks to get hit by a pitch but you have to look at each case. the guy who hit texira yesterday had walked how many batters?it’s not like the guys they are facing have pinpoint control and decide to hit them. and the replay today clearly shows he was not throwing at him but you want to retaliate anyway? great you lose a pitcher for the game and this helps you how? it is part of the game and smart players know when it is on purpose when to get even.

    • smarterthangirardi - Jun 11, 2011 at 11:57 PM its frustrating.

      • jjschiller - Jun 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        Awesome video, dude!

  4. wkinsomnia - Jun 12, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    Girardi, you sir…or child, are a fucking moron. You hold the trophy for the lamest comment on HBT now, and that it no small feat. While you were swinging from Arods nuts preaching on how they are sooo good, you forgot to mention how many times Jeter and ARod have BOTH gone out of their way to intentionally take one off of their bodies. Not only that, but your boy Jeter is one helluva actor, feigning getting plunked more then once this year alone. Deny it all you like, but if you do you will be in the minority.

  5. wkinsomnia - Jun 12, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    To Quote ‘smarterthangirardi’-“Just be ready for retaliation next time the Yankees have a strong pitcher and nothing to lose.”

    Lmfao, outside of CC, please list the unending list of ‘strong’ pitchers that the Yanks’ have…I’m waiting

    • smarterthangirardi - Jun 12, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      Outside of CC they have Ivan Nova who is rumored to have a temper, they have Burnett who can very easily stand his ground, but why on earth is it so criminal to settle the score? I don’t understand the philosophy you guys have? Maybe its because I like it when ballplayers play with some fire (Sweet Lou) but i most definitly do not believe that sitting down and letting your guys get hit repeatedly with our already injury filled roster is apropriate. Freedom of speech folks.

      • jjschiller - Jun 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM

        “Freedom of speech folks.”

        No one called the secret police. They just called you a “fucking moron.”

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