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Brad Penny, Victor Martinez bicker on the mound

Jul 28, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

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It has been an ugly day in Detroit so far.  Jim Leyland was ejected early for arguing balls and strikes, and then starter Brad Penny — who was losing to the Angels 5-2 at the time — got into an argument with his catcher, Victor Martinez, in the top of the fourth inning.  MLB.com doesn’t have the video up yet, but there’s a Gif of it up over at SB Nation.

Penny faced two more batters, giving up another run before being removed for Charlie Furbush (who allowed another run chargeable to Penny).

Penny has eaten a lot of innings this year, but he’s starting to unravel as the season wears on. But really, no matter how well you pitch, you tend not to go very far in this world by arguing with guys who are really well-respected and well-liked like Victor Martinez.

  1. mlb02 - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Leyland was not ejected early for arguing balls and strikes. He was ejected for arguing a HBP and he was right.

  2. aleskel - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    eh, doesn’t seem like that big a deal to me, just a guy getting beat and losing his head. Jorge Posada and Orlando Hernandez used to get into tete-a-tetes on the mound a few times a year. ‘Course, that was mostly because El Duque was a certifiable crazy person.

    • hittfamily - Jul 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM

      Jorge and AJ Burnett fought publicly too. They each thought the other was terrible, and they were both right.

  3. 18thstreet - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Heh heh. Brad Penny eats a lot.

  4. mmowery2323 - Jul 28, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    There’s video of Penny’s explanation here: http://bit.ly/pF0SUx

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