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Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana exchange words in dugout, have to be separated

Aug 11, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

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According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and catcher-first baseman Carlos Santana had to be separated in the Indians dugout during the first inning of this evening’s game against the Tigers.

It’s not exactly clear what spawned the argument, but Santana has struggled handling throws at first base this season and it’s possible that Cabrera was aiming to give the youngster some sort of wake up call.

Santana dropped a toss from Cabrera on Wednesday night, leading to three unearned runs, and also failed to reel in a throw from third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall in the top of the first inning tonight. That mistake also led to an unearned run.

Fausto Carmona ended the yelling match by getting in between Santana and Cabrera, and Indians manager Manny Acta was later spotted having words with both of them. We’re not expecting further fallout.

In fact, Santana launched his 18th home run of the season in the second inning. Water under the bridge.

  1. RK - Aug 12, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    “…it’s possible Cabrera was aiming to give the youngster some sort of wake up call.”

    It’s funny that this could be quite accurate when both Cabrera and Santana are 25 with Cabrera being a few months older. With this Tribe team “veteran leadership” is a very thin line.

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